Legislators call for auditor general’s resignation at Chicago gathering

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CHICAGO – More than a dozen legislators called for Illinois Auditor General Frank Mautino to resign from public office today in the wake of investigations into unlawful campaign spending during his 24 years as a state representative.

"Illinois deserves an auditor general free from any overhanging financial investigations, including a federal investigation for potential illegal campaign expenditures and a state investigation for the same," state Rep. Dwight Kay, R-Glen Carbon, said today at a press conference in Chicago. "We deserve an auditor general beyond reproach in the highest ethical standing."

Kay was joined by state reps Keith Wheeler, R-Oswego, Thomas Morrison, R-Palatine, and Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton, to introduce a joint resolution officially requesting his resignation.

Mautino received overwhelming approval from the Legislature on Jan. 1, when he was appointed to the 10-year auditor term.

Mautino’s silence, however, during the past several months regarding the spending allegations has led lawmakers to seek his resignation, Kay said.

The auditor general answers to the General Assembly and can be removed from office with a three-fifths majority vote in both houses.

Since at least May, the State Board of Elections and the U.S. Attorney’s Office opened investigations into Mautino’s campaign spending and reporting for his 2 dozen years in office.

The Spring Valley Democrat is being scrutinized for spending more than $200,000 in campaign money for gas and car repairs at Happy’s Super Service in Spring Valley during a 10-year span and more than $250,000 in payments to Spring Valley City Bank since 1999.

At least 15 legislators have signed off on House Joint Resolution 158, and Kay said the total has grown to more than 20 in support of the measure.

This story will be updated.

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