CHICAGO – In response to the failure of Illinois Auditor General Frank Mautino to answer questions amidst the ongoing federal and state investigations into his campaign spending irregularities while a member of the Illinois General Assembly, State Representative Keith Wheeler (R-Oswego) announced the filing today of House Joint Resolution 158 aimed at removing Mautino from office, a measure with over 15 co-sponsors.
“Under the cloud of federal and state investigation, Auditor General Mautino is not able to perform his duties with the trust and confidence that Illinoisans deserve,” Rep. Wheeler said. “The Auditor General’s Office is a position where transparency is at the very heart of the job itself. If he will not do the right thing on his own and step aside, we have a responsibility as the people’s elected representatives to hold him accountable.”
|Pictured (left to right) Rep. Tom Morrison, Rep. Jeanne Ives,
Rep. Dwight Kay, Rep. Keith Wheeler
At issue is more than $200,000 Mautino spent over 10 years on gas and vehicle repairs at a Spring Valley service station owned by a city alderman, as well as $259,000 in payments made to a local bank since 1999.
“The state official directly responsible for how every nickel and dime of taxpayer dollars is spent cannot serve effectively when he is under investigation himself for how he spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign funds,” Rep. Wheeler added. “The people of Illinois and the General Assembly must have complete, unreserved confidence that the Office of Auditor General is able to operate with the utmost transparency and without the hint of scandal. Unfortunately, that is not the case today.”
In a letter sent last month, over 20 other House and Senate Republican lawmakers urged Mautino to take an unpaid leave of absence until federal and state investigations into irregular campaign spending while he was a state representative conclude, noting that the Auditor General has yet to provide documentation clarifying his campaign expenditures and reporting practices through his now inactive political committee. Mautino has not responded to the letter or to repeated calls to answer official legislative inquiries.
House Joint Resolution 158 has been introduced by State Rep. Dwight Kay (R-Glen Carbon), who was joined by Rep. Wheeler at a press conference in Chicago today announcing the resolution.
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