William "the Pope" Cellini has been called the consummate insider and for years has been able to do the things people like that do without getting caught. That is until, of course, the Teachers Retirement System was being targeted by slimier slime-balls than he. According to testimony by A1 Scumbag Stuart Levine, it appears that William Cellini wasn't too enamored with the likes of Anton "Tony" Rezko and Christopher Kelly, whom he called the Bobbsey Twins. Evidently Cellini didn't like the fact that the Bobbsey Twins were threatening potential fees his investment firm would make off of TRS contracts. Imagine that - one scumbag getting mad at other scumbags for wanting a piece of the corruption pie? I guess it just goes to show you that the one thing the Cellini Trial will show us with absolute clarity and certainty is how deep the scum goes in Illinois Politics.
Sadly the corruption is so prevalent here that Illinoisans must pay a higher burden for the benefit of governance, good and bad. Illinois' "Corruption Tax" has existed for a long time, but as we have all seen of late, has skyrocketed because lawmakers haven't shown that they actually have a stomach for reform. Instead, the Illinois legislature mantra remains - tax, tax, tax! And when that runs out? Well - tax more, tax more, tax more. Naturally the reason for that is because there are more and more slimy hands taking from the corruption tax pie.
I suppose we must give William Cellini some credit though - he was sharp enough to know that getting too many people in the game meant getting less and less unless you extracted more funds to cover the con game and that there was a danger to that. Cellini, for all intents and purposes is an old time political player and like those politicians of old, he knew that there had to be limits put on their "tributes" to avoid arousing suspicion. Unfortunately, greed got the better of Cellini when he asked for more to cover the demands of the Bobbsey Twins.
He should have known better. And just like them old Mafia Bosses who figured out that the Young Turks (the Boobsey Twins) wanted their piece of the pie and would stop at nothing to get it. Even if it meant exposing the criminal enterprise for all the world to see. As some will say, things change, but it isn't always for the better, you know? But let's not kid ourselves - Illinois Politics is no different than La Cosa Nostra and at the end of the day even the old bosses will make a bad deal because of their own greed. And right now it looks to me like "the Pope" got played by the Blagojevich Bobbsey Twins and their greed.
I guess the only question left to be answered is if the jury takes the word of one scumbag over another?