- Associated Press - Saturday, July 4, 2015

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) - A published report says cash-strapped East St. Louis paid state Sen. James Clayborne’s law firm more than $775,000 in its first year as the city’s corporate counsel.

The Belleville News Democrat (https://bit.ly/1NEhFEh ) reports in a story published Saturday that it’s more than twice the amount nearby Belleville paid for similar legal services.

The newspaper cites treasurers’ reports in its story.

Clayborne is a Belleville Democrat. He did not respond to the newspaper’s request for comment.

He’s a founding partner at Clayborne, Sabo and Wagner in Belleville.



Some East. St. Louis officials say the fees paid for legal fees are a concern. The total for East St. Louis in 2014 was $902,450, compared with Belleville’s $461,985.

Questions about the fees come as East St. Louis’ finances are already under scrutiny.

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Information from: Belleville News-Democrat, https://www.bnd.com

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