Illinois’ auditor general has until July 1 to amend campaign expense reports from when he was a state representative.
The Illinois State Board of Elections was unanimous Monday in ruling that a complaint filed against Illinois’ Auditor General Frank Mautino was justified.
A Mautino spokesman said the former high-ranking Illinois House Democrat will work to amend campaign expense reports to meet the deadline.
Questions surround hundreds of thousands of dollars paid over a decade to a Spring Valley mechanic and bank.
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The elections board said if the amended reports still aren’t clear, there would then be a public hearing and the complainant would have subpoena power.
State Rep. Jeanne Ives said Mautino should answer lawmakers’ questions as well.
“You got hired by us, you got hired by the legislature. The auditor general is a position that was designed by the legislature to provide oversight on all the government agencies that we have,” Ives said.
Ives is one of twenty lawmakers who have sent multiple letters dating back to February requesting answers from Mautino.
Ives said Mautino could be dragging his feet on answering the campaign spending questions to boost his public pension.
If Mautino goes a full year in office, Ives said he could go from getting a $74,000 annual pension to a $133,000 annual pension.
“The truth is that if he just slow walks this entire investigation past a year he is then entitled to a pension that is 80 percent higher than the one that he is currently going to be entitled to,” Ives said.