Rep. Mark Batinick Supports State Board of Elections’ Inquiry Concerning Campaign Expenditures of Auditor General Frank Mautino

Plainfield – On Monday, Illinois Auditor General Frank Mautino skipped yet another deadline to respond to allegations concerning his questionable spending which occurred during his tenure as State Representative from Spring Valley, Illinois. State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) says, “after ignoring the State Board of Elections twice, it’s time for the Election board to hold a public hearing and demand a response from Frank Mautino.”
 
Rep. Batinick and his Republican colleagues have long called for Mautino to remove himself from his appointed position as Auditor General until the allegations against him were disproven. Rep. Batinick is optimistic the Election board will schedule a hearing soon, as recent media reports mention that Election board executive director Steve Sandvoss has indicated  a potential hearing would look further into the allegations concerning the questionable expenditures made by Frank Mautino.
 
Rep. Batinick stated, “My Republican colleagues and I have done everything we can to invoke a response from Frank Mautino. After dodging the problem for so long, I am glad he will finally be called to attest to the troubling allegations. Illinoisans deserve a good, clean government that is checked by someone outside the weight of investigation. I look forward to the public hearing.”
 
The questionable expenditures include over $200,000 in Mautino’s campaign funds spent at an alderman-owned car service station, and clarification was also being sought about $259,000 Mautino paid to a Spring Valley bank since 1999. After failing to file campaign disclosure reports with the Illinois State Board of Elections on Monday, Mautino is likely to finally face a public hearing from the Election board concerning his use of campaign funds while serving in the Illinois House.
 
While offering little comment to questions surrounding the investigation, Mautino’s Office has stated they are cooperating with the U.S. Attorney’s office. Mautino was appointed to a ten year term in October by the Illinois General Assembly, an appointment that many are questioning at this time.