Auditor General

The Illinois Auditor General has bought himself some time to tell state investigators how he spent his campaign funds.  But not a significant amount.

Frank Mautino is under investigation by the Illinois Board of Elections and US Attorney’s Office for allegedly spending more than $500,000  in campaign funds on car repairs and payments to a Spring Valley bank while a member of the Illinois House. 

He has declined to answer questions about his campaign financing, invoking his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.

Illinois Auditor General Frank Mautino told lawmakers today he doesn't want people to question his integrity. But he declined to respond to questions.

Illinois Republican lawmakers used a legislative audit  hearing to continue pressuring Mautino on what his critics call excessive... and possibly unethical... spending listed in his campaign finance reports.   

Mautino, who took office in January after years as a Democratic state representative, says he'll answer those questions on May 16 at a hearing with the State Board of Elections.

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.

Illinois lawmakers have been unable to come together on a state budget ... but they did reach a significant bipartisan agreement.

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.

Mautino has been a Democratic state representative for Bureau and surrounding counties for two decades; for about half of them, he's served as co-chair of the legislature's audit commission

State of Illinois

Two Illinois legislators are finalists for a bigger job in state government. Frank Mautino and Elaine Nekritz -- both Democrats in the Illinois House -- are among the finalists to be auditor general next year.

State Senator Jason Barickman, a Republican from Bloomington, is on the commission that helped narrow the field. Barickman says he's optimistic the next auditor general will be selected before the current one retires at the end of this year.