Wehrli derides election board for not pursuing Mautino probe
Rep. Grant Wehrli (R-Naperville) pilloried the State Board of Elections’ decision not to advance the investigation into Auditor General Frank Mautino’s campaign spending, calling it a corrupt partisan move.
“Today, the State Board of Elections voted to fine Auditor General Mautino $5,000, and then, on a four-to-four party line vote, decided to not forward their findings or information to the attorney general or local state's attorneys for further investigation,” Wehrli said. “This ruling truly shows the board to be nothing but a paper tiger … and today, it was a wet paper tiger.”
Mautino has come under fire for his campaign spending from his time as a state representative before his appointment to a 10-year term as auditor general. Wehrli pointed out that the investigation showed Mautino’s campaign cashed more than $69,000 in checks at the Spring Valley Bank and kept no records of how the cash was spent.
Wehrli called for further investigation and has sponsored a resolution to remove Mautino from office.
“The partisan nature of this board vote confirms that Democrats in Illinois refuse to stand up to corruption,” Wehrli said. “Now is the time for Attorney General Lisa Madigan to finally take a firm stand against political corruption in Illinois and launch an investigation into this matter.”