SPRINGFIELD - Gov. Rod Blagojevich wants taxpayers to pay for the high-profile defense lawyer he hired to represent him in state lawmakers impeachment proceedings.
His lawyer, Edward Genson, filed that request with the impeachment panel investigating the governor and with Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan. The request is to have Madigan, the state's top lawyer, authorize his defense of the governor, which would mean taxpayers would foot the tab.
Currently the governor is on his own to pay his legal bills.