Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich smiles as he arrives at the federal building in Chicago, Wednesday, July 7, 2010, for his corruption trial. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green) By M. Spencer Green
CHICAGO (AP) -- There's no doubt Rod Blagojevich's recently ended retrial was the marquee event in the federal investigation into corruption surrounding the former Illinois governor's administration.
But the legal saga that stretches back nearly a decade isn't quite at an end.
The last big trial in the case is of businessman William Cellini. His trial on charges he plotted to shake down a Hollywood movie producer for a campaign contribution for Blagojevich is scheduled to start in October.
The 76-year-old has pleaded not guilty.
Political observer Paul Green says the trial could give the public another peek at the underbelly of state politics.
Cellini is a Springfield Republican once known as "The Pope" of Illinois politics for the influence he wielded. He raised money for both fellow Republicans and Democrats, like Blagojevich.
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