"Convicted power broker Bill Cellini undoubtedly whispered in the ear of many a politician during his era of influence in state politics, but none is more famous than Abraham Lincoln," our Springfield Bureau Chief Dave McKinney writes today.
Cellini's likeness is pictured alongside the 16th president in an oil painting at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. A spokesman said it isn't coming down, despite Cellini's conviction on two counts of federal corruption on Tuesday.
"The artist never officially told us who the people he used for models in the picture are," spokesman Dave Blanchette said.
Cellini's wife, Julie, is a member of the Lincoln Presidential Library foundation board as well as the Historic Preservation Agency board.
Last year, lawmakers effectively blocked an oil painting of convicted former Gov. Rod Blagojevich from hanging inside the state Capitol's Hall of Governors.