Auditor General

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.

State of Illinois

The search for a new state Auditor General has begun in earnest. 

The Auditor General serves as Illinois governments' top internal investigator. It's a job that Bill Holland has held for more than two decades.

But last month, he announced he's stepping down.

A bipartisan legislative commission says it's accepting applications for his replacement. At his retirement announcement, Holland gave his view of the desired skills set:

Illinois Auditor General Announces Retirement

Jun 17, 2015

Illinois' longtime top auditor has announced he'll retire at the end of December.

Bill Holland is only several years into his third, ten-year term. But the 63-year-old Springfield resident says he's ready to spend more time with his grandchildren.

The governor and legislature's leaders issued statements commending his expertise, professionalism and fairness.

Holland offered some advice to whomever is chosen to replace him --- respect the position.

NIU

A recently released audit from the Illinois Office of the Auditor General found in a testing of travel expenditures, $31,945 of the $46,501 tested were reimbursements to an employee for travel between the employee’s home and the official headquarters listed on filed forms. The audit says "travel expenses between an employee’s official headquarters and home are not reimbursable."

An audit of Illinois' "Expanded All Kids" children's health insurance program has found that the state failed to conduct annual eligibility reviews.

WNIJ

Less than half of the money in Illinois' Road Fund actually pays for highway construction and maintenance. That's the finding in a new audit that also says the Road Fund overpaid for employee health insurance.

The Road Fund aggregates billions of dollars every year to build and repair highways, but a new report from Illinois' auditor general says more than half the money is going for employee salaries and benefits, as well as paying off bonds.

The audit found several problems with how the Road Fund kept track of spending for employee health insurance.