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Here is what the Chicago Sun-Times wrote about Cellini in 1996:
Governors come and go, but for the last three decades there's been a constant in Illinois government: William Cellini.Good bye and good riddance.
The 61-year-old Springfield businessman has amassed clout and contracts that have turned him into a multimillionaire and made him an unelected powerbroker in government.
At various times, he's controlled federal appointments in Illinois, screened the governor's Cabinet choices, and lined up lucrative deals for himself and his associates.
His financial empire of at least $50 million was built on savvy in a political atmosphere in which clout pays big dividends.
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