Accompanied by his daughter, Claudia, and wife, Julie, William F. Cellini leaves court on Thursday, October 4, 2012 after he was sentenced to one year and one day in federal prison. | Sun-Times Library
Updated: November 8, 2012 11:56AM
The recent sentencing of longtime Springfield “King of Clout” William Cellini is a travesty of justice. The Oct. 5 article speaks of the letters received in support of a light sentence, highlighted by letters from ex-Gov. Jim Edgar and three prominent journalists.
I wrote a letter to the judge too. It was in favor of a long sentence. The personal damage done to me and other individuals by the corruption under a state government run by Bill Cellini with the tacit approval of Edgar and his staff is unconscionable. Edgar put Cellini’s sister Janis into power as his patronage director. Under her reign, all kinds of dubious people, especially Chicago Machine payrollers and organized-crime associates went into cush jobs on the state payroll. Many of these people are still working these plum jobs years later. Edgar and his chief of staff, governor wannabe Kirk Dillard, were totally aware of the patronage abuses and let it slide in an effort not to upset Cellini. I hope all of you remember this when Dillard runs for governor.
Ken Gaines, South Loop
Keep digging to expose fraud
Great articles in the Chicago Sun-Times disclosing all the fraud in the disability payments to police, firemen and paramedics. Wonderful, but why did it take 20 years to find it out when it’s happening every day?
Now, get someone on the job finding out all the fraud, double dealing and cheating going on in our politics, both local and federal.
Richard R. and Barbara J. Siska, Matteson
Rahm’s policy: Blame teachers
So Mayor Emanuel’s position is that the teachers are responsible for the Chicago Public Schools’ decision to move spring break?
Since the teachers were not asked and had no input on that decision, I have to ask how the mayor came to that conclusion. Maybe it is because his education policy handbook has only one item: Blame the teachers!
Edward Dziedzic, Rogers Park
Wait till next year . . .
With the season barely over the Cubs have already unveiled their team motto for next year: This year we lost 101, in 2013 we’ll have more fun.
Walt Zlotow, Glen Ellyn