Breen Joins Republican Legislators in Asking Auditor General Frank Mautino to Step Aside as Investigation Continues into his Questionable Campaign Spending

Today, State Representative Peter Breen (R-Lombard) joined 21 Illinois lawmakers to demand Illinois Auditor General Frank Mautino step aside and take an unpaid leave of absence. Mautino recently confirmed he is under federal investigation for his irregular campaign expenditures and reporting procedures, dating back to his time in the Illinois House of Representatives. The lawmakers stressed that Mautino cannot effectively do his job while simultaneously answering state and federal investigations. Breen drafted the latest letter from lawmakers to Mautino.

“Even apart from the scent of scandal—and your refusal over the past four months to answer the reasonable requests of the General Assembly—there is no practical way you can competently govern and administer the Auditor General’s Office, while simultaneously defending yourself against federal criminal charges, a state Election Board investigation, and whatever other legal problems you may face going forward," Breen's letter stated.

In May, Breen drafted a letter joined by numerous other lawmakers demanding answers, after months of delay by Mautino in responding to the numerous allegations of improprieties in his finances. At the time, Mautino responded that the issue would be resolved by the State Board of Elections. Since that time, however, it was revealed that Mautino’s finances are under investigation by the federal government.