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Mautino Gets Limited Extension To Send Campaign Spending Reports


The Illinois Auditor General has bought himself some time to tell state investigators how he spent his campaign funds.  But not a significant amount.

Frank Mautino is under investigation by the Illinois Board of Elections and US Attorney’s Office for allegedly spending more than $500,000  in campaign funds on car repairs and payments to a Spring Valley bank while a member of the Illinois House. 

He has declined to answer questions about his campaign financing, invoking his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. 

Mautino recently asked the state Board to halt their inquiry into his finances until the federal investigation runs its course. 

While the body denied this motion Monday, they still gave him two weeks to submit amended campaign spending reports. 

If Mautino doesn’t do so by July 26th, the Board will hold a public hearing, potentially as early as August.  I’m Chase Cavanaugh, WNIJ News.

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