(20 ILCS 1815/43) (from Ch. 129, par. 271)
    Sec. 43. If any member of the Illinois State Guard is prosecuted by civil or criminal action for any act performed or committed by him, or any acts caused, ordered or directed by him to be done or performed in furtherance of and while in the performance of his military duty, all the expense of the defense of such action, civil or criminal, including attorney's fees, witness fees for the defense, defendant's court costs, and all costs for transcripts or records and abstracts thereof on appeal by the defense, shall be paid by the State; provided, that the Attorney General shall be first consulted in regard to, and approve of, the selection of the attorney for the defense; and, that the Attorney General may assume the responsibility for the defense of such member and conduct it personally or by any one or more of his assistants.
(Source: Laws 1951, p. 1999.)