The Illinois State Board of Elections will proceed with a case involving Auditor General Frank Mautino’s campaign spending from his time as a state lawmaker.
Going against the recommendation of the election board’s general counsel, the board voted five-to-three to deny a motion to stay their investigation while the U.S. Attorney’s office investigates hundreds of thousands of dollars in spending.
The board wanted guidance from federal investigators before deciding to hold off on the state investigation. Election board member John Keith said that guidance indicated the board’s decision would not impact any possible federal case.
Board member William Cadigan said denying the motion to stay treats Mautino’s case like every other case the election board handles.
Board member William McGuffage (mc-GUFF-ige) voted no on the motion, saying the election board’s decision could bolster negative press, hinder the federal investigation and be used in any possible impeachment proceedings against Mautino.
Several state lawmakers have called for Mautino to step aside pending the federal investigation.