Illinois’ Auditor General wants the state elections board to delay its investigation of his campaign spending from his days as a lawmaker while a federal investigation continues. If not, he would consider using his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.
The state Board of Elections on Monday will take up the request from Auditor General Frank Mautino to delay a July 1 hearing pending a federal investigation. Mautino is being investigated by both the state elections board and the U.S. Attorney’s office for questions surrounding campaign spending from when he was a high-ranking Democrat in the Illinois House.
State Sen. Sue Rezin, R-Morris, joined more than 20 other elected officials in asking Mautino to step aside while the investigation is conducted.
State Sen. Laura Murphy, D-Park Ridge, agreed. “I would like him to step aside so there is not cloud over the agency until the investigation is completed.”
Murphy said lawmakers should wait for the investigation to be completed before moving to recall Mautino.
Gov. Bruce Rauner also has concerns but stopped short of calling for Mautino to step aside during the federal investigation.
“I share the concern of Sen. Rezin and many other legislators about the accusations against Auditor General Mautino. Deeply troubling, deeply troubling,” Rauner said.
Mautino’s attorney said if the case is not delayed, the Auditor General would have to consider whether to exercise his right against self-incrimination.