CHICAGO — Lawyers for former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and his older brother Robert launched their defense Monday against allegations the ex-governor sought to use his official powers to personally profit and build his campaign coffers.

The defense is expected to soon call John Filan, Blagojevich’s first budget director when he took office in 2003. Filan steered the state’s $10 billion general obligation pension bond issue through legislative approval to market.

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