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This week Illinois Auditor General Frank Mautino refused to comply with the State Board of Elections’ deadline to amend campaign reports and clarify questionable campaign expenditures.  His failure to provide this information after receiving multiple time extensions to gather the details is further evidence that he should be removed for cause. State Representative Jeanne Ives stressed again today that it is time for the General Assembly to move forward with his removal from office.

“For months the General Assembly and now the State Board of Elections have demanded answers, but Auditor General Mautino has continually refused,” said Rep. Ives (R-Wheaton). “The Auditor General is essentially the taxpayers’ top financial watchdog in Springfield.  If Auditor General Mautino won’t provide answers to inquiries about his own finances, and he won’t resign, then it’s time to remove him from office. Taxpayers must have confidence that their Auditor General has followed the law and has the utmost integrity. Additionally, Mr. Mautino must step down as he clearly has a conflict of interest as his responsibilities as Auditor General require him to investigate a state agency that is now investigating him.  Only in Illinois would this situation not call for a universal bipartisan call for him to step aside immediately.”
Today Rep. Ives and a group of fellow House Republicans filed HJR 158, a joint resolution that removes Frank Mautino from the office of Illinois Auditor General.

"We deserve an Auditor General beyond reproach and with the highest ethical standards," Rep. Ives stressed at a Chicago press conference. “Frank Mautino cannot effectively do his job as Auditor General while defending himself against potential criminal charges and a State Election Board investigation. If he will not do the right thing on his own and step aside, we have a responsibility as the people’s elected representatives to hold him accountable.”

Auditor General Frank Mautino has for months been under both state and federal investigations and has repeatedly refused  to answer questions.
Rep. Ives discusses the state budget (lack thereof), school funding and more on Against The Current with  Dan Proft and Chicago Tribune Editorial Board member Kristen McQueary. Watch here.
"Thank you Sauk Valley News for highlighting my bill that would let taxpayers see these contracts before a vote is taken. I especially want to thank your editor, Larry Lough, who testified on the need for my bill in 2014. I have ran this bill for four years in a row and each year the Democrats killed it in committee even after amending the bill at their chairperson's suggestion." - Rep. Jeanne Ives

From the Sauk Valley News:

"...We renew our call for the Illinois General Assembly to approve legislation, along the lines of a bill backed by state Rep. Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton, in 2014, that would require newly negotiated contracts between public employee unions and public-sector employers to be posted online for at least 14 days before any action is taken." Read more here.
"Thank you Illinois Policy for highlighting my bill and helping with it in committee, unfortunately to no avail. Perhaps after the debacle of the Palatine D15 contract, this bill will get some attention and passage." -  Rep. Jeanne Ives

From the Illinois Policy Institute:

"As students around the state break for summer, many local school districts are wrapping up new contract negotiations with teacher unions. And with that comes the secrecy that shrouds those negotiations. But that secrecy could be averted by legislation requiring transparent negotiations between school districts and teachers’ unions..."  Read more here.