The cloud over Illinois Auditor General Frank Mautino could last a bit longer.
The Illinois State Board of Elections on June 13 put off a decision on whether to delay its investigation into Auditor General Frank Mautino’s past campaign spending. The board plans to decide July 11 after it finds out from the U.S. attorney’s office whether postponing the state’s inquiry is warranted.
Mautino is being investigated by state and federal authorities over campaign spending that occurred when Mautino was a high-ranking Democrat in the Illinois House of Representatives. Mautino requested the state elections board’s investigation be postponed pending the federal investigation.
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The situation is disconcerting to Edgar County Watchdogs’ Kirk Allen. Allen’s group uncovered the questionable spending. Allen said he has confidence in federal investigators, but investigations can take a long time.
“It’s a slow, slow process, so who knows how long something like this is going to take. I think Aaron Schock – we’re over a year now and they haven’t done anything with that yet,” Allen said. Former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill., is also being investigated by federal officials for his campaign spending.
Allen said Mautino has repeatedly refused to turn over information to lawmakers hoping to clear up questions.
“He’s continued to give them misinformation and stall and delay, and now he’s pled the Fifth? It’s time for him to step aside. He needs to step down from that position so this state can get on with cleaning up the mess that it’s in,” Allen said.
State officials could require Mautino to file amended campaign expense reports July 11, but his attorney said that could force Mautino to invoke his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.