Auditor Mautino Ordered To Explain Ex-Campaign's Spending
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WRSP) —
The Illinois State Board of Elections has given Illinois Auditor General Frank Mautino until July 1 to provide further clarification on his campaign spending when he was a state representative. The state board made the decision Monday. This is all coming just days after a group of lawmakers sent a letter to Mautino asking him to explain the spending.
"The Auditor General for the state of Illinois. He's in charge of being the fiscal watch dog for the state and he's got to be forthright about his own accounting practices and if he can't do so in that manner, then what faith and confidence can any tax payer have in his ability to be auditor general for the state of Illinois," said Rep. Grant Wehrli, (R) Naperville.
Mautino was not present at Monday's hearing. He's under the microscope after $200,000 was spent from a campaign fund at a gas station in his former district -- as well as personal loans made to himself and other campaign workers.
In a statement, Mautino's office says "Frank will be working with his team to amend his campaign reports by July 1st in an attempt to resolve these questions."