Democrat State Rep. Paul Froehlich's latest filing with the State Board of Elections shows a $25,000 expenditure to Genson & Gillespie for legal fees (see below). Genson & Gillespie is a well-known Chicago criminal defense law firm.
The Froehlich campaign expenditure was recorded on May 12, just a week after Chicago Fox News ran a story questioning Froehlich's involvement as a state legislator with constituent property tax appeals and the Cook County Board of Review, as well as exposing Froehlich's alleged use of a public school bus to transport campaign office equipment in 2008.
Attorney Ed Genson is known for representing members of the mob, convicted associates of George Ryan, Operation Greylord defendants and most recently, federally-indicted Governor Rod Blagojevich during the Illinois House's Impeachment hearing in January 2009. He withdrew from the Blagojevich case shortly before the governor was impeached.
"Eddie's the best criminal defense lawyer in the city of Chicago," former Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Stone was quoted saying about Genson on the Law.com website. "He's got a mind like a barracuda."
When Froehlich announced in early July he would not seek re-election in 2010, the Daily Herald wrote that he implied he was expecting to be offered a place in Governor Pat Quinn's administration. No such announcement has taken place thus far.
More on Illinois Review's Friends of Froehlich series HERE.