By: CBS 4 Newsroom
A former Illinois Powerbroker is giving up on his quest for freedom, temporarily anyway. William Cellini, 78, has withdrawn his request to remain free pending the appeal of his corruption conviction. He'll start serving a year long sentence in January. Cellini says the case has put stress on him and his family. Jurors convicted Cellini last year of trying to extort a movie producer for a 1.5 million dollar contribution to then Governor Rod Blagojevich's campaign.