Illinois audit raps ex-governor for legal costs -

Illinois audit raps ex-governor for legal costs

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- A new report says former Gov. Rod Blagojevich spent millions to hire outside lawyers, often without seeking bids for the best price.

Blagojevich also charged the legal costs to other state agencies instead of having the governor's office pay the bill.

For instance, the state police and the Department of Children and Family Services had to help pay legal bills related to Blagojevich's impeachment.

Out of $7.2 million in legal costs, the governor's office paid less than $22,000.

Tuesday's report from the state auditor general does not indicate Blagojevich used government money to pay private legal bills. Instead, it focuses on the decision not to use state attorneys and not to seek competitive bids for the legal work.

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