Frank Mautino

The State Board of Elections is delaying its decision on whether to suspend a review into the campaign spending of Auditor General Frank Mautino pending a separate federal probe.  The spending scrutiny covers the Spring Valley Democrat's former time as a legislator, including more than $200,000 spent at an alderman-owned service station.  The board is asking Mautino to explain expenditures because of a citizen complaint.

A Democratic state lawmaker wants Democratic Illinois Auditor General Frank Mautino to take a leave of absence after learning federal officials questioned him about campaign expenses.

Members of the Illinois State Board of Elections today took another step in their investigation of Auditor General Frank Mautino. They voted to ask for more information about his campaign spending, spending that Republicans have called excessive.  

Questions continue to swirl regarding irregular campaign expenses reported by Auditor General Frank Mautino from his time as a Democratic state representative.

Republican legislators formally requested in February that Mautino explain the spending. 

State Representative Grant Wehrli of Naperville says three months later, they're still waiting. He and other Republicans held a press conference expressing their frustration.

They also released a copy of a letter they just sent Mautino saying his delay is eroding the public's trust in his office.    

As a legislator, Frank Mautino says he has read 2,000 Illinois government audits in the past 18 years. Soon the state representative from Spring Valley will conduct them.

Illinois lawmakers have been unable to come together on a state budget but they did reach a significant bipartisan agreement today.  Illinois' current Auditor General Bill Holland is retiring at the end of the year.  Legislators on both sides of the aisle have agreed that Frank Mautino should replace him.

The search for Illinois' next Auditor General has been narrowed to a field of four. That includes a pair of state lawmakers, both Democratic members of the Illinois House: Frank Mautino of Spring Valley and Elaine Nekritz of Northbrook. 

The sponsor of a plan that would allow a video gambling corporation to monitor games across Illinois says he expects a final vote by the end of the week. Illinois issues a contract with a private company to make sure video gambling games follow state guidelines. State law currently prevents a game manufacturer from filling that role. But Representative Frank Mautino says Scientific Games, a national gaming corporation, submitted the bid before that law went into effect.