Governor Events Cost State

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- The Blagojevich administration could pay nearly one million dollars next year to photograph and videotape events held by the governor and other officials.

A state office already provides that service, but the Department of Central Management Services says it's not large enough to handle all the work.

Outside contractors have been hired to cover Governor Rod Blagojevich running in a southern Illinois race, participating in a Chicago parade, discussing stem-cell research and more.

The tapes are then uplinked via satellite to television stations around the state.

The state says outside contractors could be paid a maximum of 945-thousand dollars under the new contract. The actual payment could end up being less.