corruption en Former governor may spend less time behind bars <p>Former Illinois Governor George Ryan could get out of federal prison early on a work release program. His lawyer, former Illinois Governor Jim Thompson,&nbsp; says he&rsquo;ll still appeal Ryan&rsquo;s corruption convictions. Thu, 09 Aug 2012 10:24:27 +0000 WNIJ & IPR 16387 at Former governor may spend less time behind bars Quinn: Former Governor should serve out sentence <p>Governor Pat Quinn says imprisoned former Governor George Ryan should serve out the rest of his prison sentence. A federal court has denied an appeal filed by Ryan. Tue, 07 Aug 2012 09:50:19 +0000 IPR 16230 at Quinn: Former Governor should serve out sentence Levine relieved by light corruption sentence <p>A relatively short prison sentence seems to be bringing some relief to Stuart Levine, one of the central figures in the Blagojevich scandal.<br /> After being sentenced yesterday, Stuart Levine smiled and shook hands and joked with many of the prosecutors and FBI agents who investigated him and brought him down.<br /> And what a downfall it&#39;s been.<br /> Levine went from being a multi-millionaire to working at a kiosk in a mall. Fri, 20 Jul 2012 15:51:21 +0000 WNIJ 15283 at Levine relieved by light corruption sentence Blagojevich fundraiser dodges prison time <p>Ali Ata donated $50,000 to Rod Blagojevich. In return he was appointed the executive director of the Illinois Finance Authority, a job that paid&nbsp;$125,000 a year.<br /><br />Ata pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his relationship with the corrupt Blagojevich fundraiser and advisor Tony Rezko. But prosecutors say Ata began cooperating during Rezko&#39;s trial and ended up being a key witness.<br /><br />On the stand Ata detailed a meeting where he gave Rezko a $25,000 contribution.<br /> Wed, 18 Jul 2012 10:04:40 +0000 Robert Wildeboer 15123 at Blagojevich fundraiser dodges prison time Prosecutors say Cellini deserves 8-year term <p>Federal prosecutors in Chicago contend that longtime Springfield powerbroker William Cellini deserves to go to prison for up to eight years.</p><p>A federal jury convicted Cellini in November of conspiring to shake down the Oscar-winning producer of &quot;Million Dollar Baby&quot; for a contribution to imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich&#39;s campaign. Cellini is scheduled to be sentenced July 23.</p><p> Fri, 13 Jul 2012 19:42:38 +0000 WNIJ 14918 at Dixon comptroller fired <p>The City of Dixon has fired its comptroller. City Council members voted unanimously today to fire Rita Crundwell, retroactive to the day she was arrested on federal wire fraud charges. Mon, 23 Apr 2012 18:53:31 +0000 Susan Stephens 10535 at Blagojevich Sentenced to 14 years <p>Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich has been sentenced to 14 years in prison and a fine of $20,000.</p><p>Blagojevich spent about twenty minutes on the stand this morning during his sentencing, making his case for leniency from Judge James Zagel. He apologized to his family and the people of Illinois, although he said he had no intention of breaking the law.</p><p>Prosecutors sought a sentence of 15 to 20 years for Blagojevich.</p> Wed, 07 Dec 2011 18:35:12 +0000 Mike Moen 3441 at