William Cellini, a former Springfield powerbroker and lobbyist, is set to go to prison today. Cellini was sentenced to one year and one day in prison in November 2011 for attempting to extort a Hollywood producer for campaign funds for imprisoned former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich. Cellini was indicted and convicted as part of the federal Operation Board Games investigation that also caught Blagojevich.
It is not yet known where Cellini will be sent to prison, although he requested one in Montgomery, Alabama. Cellini is scheduled to report to prison at 2 p.m. today.
UPDATE 1 (2:13 p.m.): Cellini has reported to a Terre Haute, Indiana prison this afternoon to begin his one year sentence for extortion. It is still unknown whether he will remain there or if he will be assigned to another facility to serve out his sentence. Cellini reportedly requested the Alabama prison, in part, because of its good medical facilities and his need for care for health issues that include heart problems.