Some members of the Illinois Legislature are growing impatient with Auditor General Frank Mautino’s silence surrounding questions about his campaign spending.
Mautino is due back at the Illinois State Board of Elections where the board is set to determine whether to proceed with its investigation of questionable campaign spending or hold off, pending a federal investigation. The U.S. Attorney’s office reportedly is looking into hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign spending from Mautino’s time as a high-ranking Democrat in the Illinois
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State Rep. Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton, said about 20 lawmakers are fed up.
“Mautino doesn’t need to step aside, he needs a full and complete resignation," Ives said. "I called for it two months ago. My colleagues are finally coming around to that after asking him to step aside in early June.”
State Rep. Mark Batinick, R-Plainfield, said he isn’t ready to go that far but the entire ordeal is concerning.
“He’s under investigation for some of his own financial actions," Batinick said. "I think that’s troubling. I think what’s more troubling is actually his silence.”
Ives said Mautino has indicated he’s ready to use his right against self-incrimination.
“That tells you everything you need to know right there. He’s not willing to answer questions because he may have to answer for them in a criminal matter,” she said.
Ives said the state can’t wait for its top fiscal watchdog to go through what could be a protracted federal investigation before there’s a resolution to the case.
“I’ve got the resolution all ready, it’s ready to file, that would take him out of office and that’s the next step, to file that resolution and ask other people to take action on it with us,” Ives said.
The state Constitution says lawmakers can remove the Auditor General with a three-fifths vote in both the House and Senate.