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Elections Board Won't Take Up Mautino Probe Delay Until July


The State Board of Elections is delaying its decision on whether to suspend a review into the campaign spending of Auditor General Frank Mautino pending a separate federal probe.


The spending scrutiny covers the Spring Valley Democrat's former time as a legislator, including more than $200,000 spent at an alderman-owned service station.

The board is asking Mautino to explain expenditures because of a citizen complaint.

Mautino has acknowledged cooperation with the U.S. Attorney's office. His attorney, Anthony Jacob, told the board Monday that the investigations are parallel and the request for the board to suspend pending the federal probe is routine.

However, board members say they haven't received any indication it's necessary to suspend.

They voted to consider the request on July 11 to give federal authorities time to weigh in.

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