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Illinois GOP Lawmakers Want Auditor Spending Answers


Questions continue to swirl regarding irregular campaign expenses reported by Auditor General Frank Mautino from his time as a Democratic state representative.

Republican legislators formally requested in February that Mautino explain the spending.

State Representative Grant Wehrli of Naperville says three months later ... they're still waiting.

He and other Republicans held a press conference expressing their frustration. They also released a copy of a letter they just sent Mautino ... saying his delay is eroding the public's trust in his office.

"The auditor general, as you know, is the fiscal watchdog of the state. It is imperative that he operates in a highly ethical manner. And we demand that he steps forward at this point in time to clear that up,” Wehrli said.

Mautino's spokesman says he'll respond to the letter once it's received. 

Through the spokesman … Mautino declined to provide a copy of a state board of elections report, and he declined to comment on whether there's a criminal investigation.

Amanda Vinicky moved to Chicago Tonight on WTTW-TV PBS in 2017.
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