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December 7, 2023

Did Former LaSalle County State’s Attorney Brian Towne provide cover for drug arrest of son of IL Auditor General?

By Kirk Allen & John Kraft

On April 10, 2017

LaSalle Co. (ECWd) –

LaSalle County case 17CF15 has been filed against Pietro Mautino who is the son of Illinois Auditor General Frank Mautino.   According to local reporting, court records show the alleged illegal possession of drugs took place in September of 2013.  That leads to the question as to why no charges were brought during Brian Towne’s control of the State’s Attorney office? The same reporting indicates a Special Prosecutor filed the papers on this matter, not the current State’s Attorney.

Does the fact Towne honored Mautino with his presentation of the Outstanding Legislator Award shown in this picture in 2015 have anything to do with no charges during Towne’s reign in that office? Was Towne so close to Mautino that he provided cover for his friend’s kid?

As records are made available we will update accordingly as we would like to know why now, almost three years later, that charges are being brought by a special prosecutor, an office that Towne used to be the Chairman of the Board for, where he magically got a full-time job after losing his re-election attempt last November.

Towne is also the subject of other criminal investigations and potential criminal charges pertaining to his handling of drug money seized by the illegal police force he was operating.  Those funds were the property of LaSalle County and he provided those funds to another public body without proper authority.

LaSalle County is the face of many scandals and from the results of some of the recent elections, the people are waking up.

Scandals in LaSalle County that we know of include the following:

  • Illinois Auditor General Frank Mautino’s Federal criminal investigation pertaining to his campaign fund spending
  • Illinois Auditor General Frank Mautino’s State Board of Elections complaint pertaining to his campaign fund spending.
  • Brian Towne and the creation of an illegal police department
  • Brian Towne and the missing drug money
  • LaSalle PD Officer Strand and the meeting with an alleged prostitute
  • LaSalle PD K9 unit getting disbanded, in what appears to be retaliation for good cops stepping up and reporting on bad actors in their own department. 


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  • Madison Black
    Posted at 11:35h, 10 April

    To answer your question I assume so. Time will tell.

  • Peggy Lami
    Posted at 08:40h, 11 April

    Illinois Auditor General Frank Mautino represented and is from Bureau County, not La Salle county.

  • Chris
    Posted at 06:54h, 23 July

    In this county people caught with drugs usually get a $1 million dallar bond and jail time for a drug case. That is unless the person is addicted to drugs, then they get the option to get out of the charges by setting up dealers and/or taking part in the “fabricated testimony program”. They use people addicted to drugs as a tool, instead of jail or rehab to capitalize off crime. It’s sad to say, but many die from overdoses here and I think it’s safe to say that this plays a major part In that …

  • Dustin
    Posted at 15:29h, 23 September

    lyin brian don’t lay on belly with celly. Smile for the Big one haha lol