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April 16, 2024

Illinois Auditor General Frank Mautino deposed – protective order issued.

By Kirk Allen & John Kraft

On April 7, 2017

Illinois (ECWd) –

We broke the first story on the Illinois Auditor General Frank Mautino as it related to questionable campaign spending at a single gas station and payments to Spring Valley Bank in this story back in January of 2016.

A year after that story, the Chicago Tribune ran this story shining more light on the fact the top watchdog in the state is refusing to turn over records.  You can review a laundry list of articles we wrote on Mautino at this link.

Today we confirmed that Mautino’s State Board of Elections complaint hearings are moving forward and the next hearing is April 20th, 2017 in Chicago.  We have also confirmed that Mautino has been subject to depositions in relation to the complaint filed by David Cook.  We wrote about Cook’s first filing in this article, which led to him filing a new complaint that is the foundation for the current SBE investigation.

To date, Mautino’s attorneys have implied that they wanted the SBE process to wait until the federal investigation is concluded as anything he says in the SBE process could potentially implicate him criminally.  It was reported by “The Times”, that he had pled the 5th, however, it appears what actually had happened was not an actual pleading of his 5th amendment rights, but instead it was used as a potential reason to stall the hearings.

Recent depositions, however, may prove to be problematic for his next hearing.  We have confirmed the hearing officer has issued a protective order so no information is being provided to the public.  That being said, rumblings on the street tell us you don’t want to miss the April 20th, 2017 hearing in Chicago, which is open to the public and is not subject to a protective order.

We suspect Mautino would have pled the 5th in such a deposition.  We also suspect, if others were deposed as well, they too would either take the same path to protect themselves or possibly expose what they know as part of a bigger cooperation with authorities.

Regardless of the SBE hearing, Mautino has bigger concerns as it relates to the federal investigation of his actions related to his campaign spending.  For now, all we can do is wait and see if the US Attorney’s office moves forward with anything in this case.

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  • Madison Black
    Posted at 12:39h, 07 April

    When the 5th Amendment is used as a shield doesn’t that generally mean someone has something they want to hide?

    Everyone has rights including Mr, Mautino. The problem he has is that he is Illinois’ Auditor General and his job is to provide information and bring about open government. In light of his most recent threat of using the 5th, might it not be best for him to resign his position? I think so. The perception here is bad.

    Mautino can make the choice best for him
    but he may wish to consider whether others are being more cooperative than
    it appears he is.

    Wasn’t there a House Resolution introduced a year ago to have Mautino removed as Auditor General? If that was the case, maybe some well meaning
    legislator should dust last year’s resolution off and refile it.

    It also strikes me in a serious way that House Speaker Madigan and Mr. Mautino were colleagues? Hope we get the truth and that this matter is not swept under a rug.

  • Danni Smith
    Posted at 14:10h, 07 April

    gonna fight, deny, deny deny all the way. Just another snake in the Illinois swamp. Where is the damndem-springfield slime on this? Crickets.

  • sad
    Posted at 08:44h, 08 April

    Mautino is like every other criminal politician , self serving, DOES NOT CARE ABOUT THE PEOPLE OF ILLINOIS. SELF SERVICE NEVER PUBLIC SERVICE!