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Mautino misses deadline

Tuesday, Jul 26, 2016

* From the Illinois Policy Institute’s news service

A public hearing is expected in the case involving Auditor General Frank Mautino’s campaign expenses after he failed to file amended reports Monday. The Illinois State Board of Elections is seeking amended reports to clarify hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign expenses paid to a bank and service station in his legislative district over the course of a decade.

The deadline came and went Monday for Mautino to turn in amended campaign-expense reports as ordered by the elections board.

That means the elections board will work with all of the parties to find a date for a public hearing in which the complainant will have subpoena power.

Illinois Campaign for Political Reform Chairwoman Susan Garrett said Mautino should be granted due process, but needs to comply with the State Board of Elections’ requests.

“But there comes a point when he has to do that,” Garrett said. “He just can’t hide behind a federal investigation. We want him to be open and honest about what happened.”

I asked Mautino’s private spokesman for comment. His reply: “No comment from us now on this.”

- Posted by Rich Miller        

28 Comments
  1. - Downstate - Tuesday, Jul 26, 16 @ 4:53 pm:

    This is truly sad.


  2. - cover - Tuesday, Jul 26, 16 @ 4:57 pm:

    In my mind, the next question is whether Cap Fax gets the scoop on another resignation.


  3. - Leave a Light on George - Tuesday, Jul 26, 16 @ 5:11 pm:

    “Illinois Campaign for Political Reform Chairwoman Susan Garrett said Mautino should be granted due process, but needs to comply with the State Board of Elections’ requests.

    “But there comes a point when he has to do that,” Garrett said. “He just can’t hide behind a federal investigation. We want him to be open and honest about what happened.”

    This is the definition of between a rock and a hard place.


  4. - train111 - Tuesday, Jul 26, 16 @ 5:13 pm:

    Conjuring up my best Ricky Ricardo imitation

    “Frankie–you have some splainin to do”


  5. - cdog - Tuesday, Jul 26, 16 @ 5:23 pm:

    walked like a duck
    just made a sound like a duck


  6. - LincolnLounger - Tuesday, Jul 26, 16 @ 5:29 pm:

    Makes one wonder if he is just attempting to drag out the process long enough so that he qualifies for the convention spike.


  7. - Former IL Resident - Tuesday, Jul 26, 16 @ 5:31 pm:

    Ok, Rich, we’ve given him another two weeks (of course he’s actually had the better part of seven months to provide some answers) and still nothing from Frank…not that anyone who’s followed this matter closely expected any different. Is it finally time for him to step down?


  8. - Huh? - Tuesday, Jul 26, 16 @ 5:54 pm:

    He needs 5-1/2 more months to qualify for an other pension.

    Hang in there Frank. /s


  9. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Jul 26, 16 @ 6:05 pm:

    IPI trying to distract from Sandack?


  10. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Jul 26, 16 @ 6:05 pm:

    Does “Huh?” mean to qualify for a higher pension based on the higher salary of the Auditor General?


  11. - G'Kar - Tuesday, Jul 26, 16 @ 6:09 pm:

    He is not really helping himself, is he?


  12. - Mama - Tuesday, Jul 26, 16 @ 6:12 pm:

    Does this mean Auditor General Frank Mautino has to step down from his position?


  13. - Augie - Tuesday, Jul 26, 16 @ 6:28 pm:

    Kind of expected this.


  14. - Mama - Tuesday, Jul 26, 16 @ 6:30 pm:

    How many years does he have to account for? Who was in charge of his campaign funds (him or someone he appointed)?


  15. - Captain Illini - Tuesday, Jul 26, 16 @ 6:35 pm:

    Ironically, if he would have kept his seat and continued in the legislature, he would have retired at some time without any consideration of this issue. Frank is a good man, but now he’ll have to answer to the system that he’s bound to uphold.


  16. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Jul 26, 16 @ 6:42 pm:

    If this was a R there would be 100 comments skewering the guy!!


  17. - Keyrock - Tuesday, Jul 26, 16 @ 6:53 pm:

    Blame Madigan — and the Auditor General he controls.


  18. - NIU Grad - Tuesday, Jul 26, 16 @ 7:00 pm:

    Maybe he’s waiting to see his picture in the Blue Book before stepping down?


  19. - sal-says - Tuesday, Jul 26, 16 @ 7:01 pm:

    As suggested here 2 or 3 weeks ago, when folks were saying, ‘ give him the 2 weeks ‘: why bother? He’s had 6 months. Pleaded the fifth. And this guy is STILL auditor general in IL??? Oh, This Is IL, isn’t it.


  20. - Double Nickel - Tuesday, Jul 26, 16 @ 8:28 pm:

    Mautino is an embarrassment to the office at this point. Please do the right thing and step down. Now.


  21. - NorthsideNoMore - Tuesday, Jul 26, 16 @ 9:15 pm:

    Anyone wonder why the once great state Illinois is the punchline of just about any other states jokes.


  22. - Big Muddy - Tuesday, Jul 26, 16 @ 9:21 pm:

    Frankie, Frankie Frankie. Why are you waiting until you get slapped with the silver bracelets to throw in the towel?


  23. - Small Town Girl - Wednesday, Jul 27, 16 @ 7:29 am:

    Is there someone out there who won’t let the citizens of Illinois down because we really need someone. It is very disheartening.


  24. - Demoralized - Wednesday, Jul 27, 16 @ 7:30 am:

    ==If this was a R there would be 100 comments skewering the guy!!==

    Would you stop being a victim for crying out loud.

    To the post -

    I think we are in resignation territory now. It’s hard to be the watchdog for the state when you yourself have a cloud over your head. How can you be taken seriously when you sign off on a finding when you’ve got your own issues? He needs to resign for the good of the office and focus on his own issues now.


  25. - Jolly1 - Wednesday, Jul 27, 16 @ 8:07 am:

    He should be removed by the GA and stripped of his State Pension.


  26. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Jul 27, 16 @ 8:31 am:

    Perhaps he is hanging on to the position to give him more leverage in negotiations with prosecutors?


  27. - A guy - Wednesday, Jul 27, 16 @ 8:49 am:

    Hard to believe he doesn’t have a close trusted advisor around him close enough to tell him he needs to make a statement…and retire.


  28. - justacitizen - Wednesday, Jul 27, 16 @ 9:19 am:

    Can’t figure out why he doesn’t step down rather than embarrass himself and the Auditor Genera’s Office. Maybe he is trying to qualify for the higher pension benefits.


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