Illinois Auditor General Frank Mautino has failed to file amended campaign reports by a deadline set by the Illinois State Board of Elections. The deadline was on Monday night. After it was revealed late last year that there were several suspicious payments in former State Rep. Mautino's campaign expense filings, ISBE opened an investigation and several lawmakers, including State Representative McDermed sent repeated requests to his office for more information. So far Mautino's office has not been forthcoming in responding to requests from any parties. Mautino's office has cited a separate ongoing federal investigation as a reason for it's refusal to provide more information to either ISBE or state legislators.

Mautino was given the Monday deadline to turn in amended campaign expenditure filings. At the heart of the issue is hundreds of thousands of dollars paid to a single car service station and bank over the course of his tenure in the Statehouse. The next step will be for ISBE to schedule a date for a public hearing which may subpoena the auditor or his previous campaign staff.

Recently, Rep. McDermed joined with other legislators and filed HJR 158 to remove Auditor General Mautino from office. Mautino was a State Representative for 24 years before he was appointed auditor general last fall. Rep. McDermed was one of ten General Assembly members that did not vote to approve Mautino's appointment to the position.
The heat index is expected to soar this week and so will the need for places to keep cool.

As part of his Keep Cool Illinois campaign, Governor Rauner has made over 120 state facilities available as cooling centers. The cooling centers will provide Illinoisans a place to stay cool and comfortable during hot summer days.

In 1995, 739 people died in Chicago during the deadliest stretch of heat ever recorded. Please share this information with those who do not have air conditioning and need a place to stay cool.

Cooling Centers
Find a cooling center near you by clicking here.

Additionally, Tollway Oasis locations are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and Department of Human Services cooling centers are open during normal business hours from 8:30AM - 5:00PM, Monday through Friday.
Hope you had a wonderful 4th of July weekend. 

Stopgap Budget Alleviates Pressure
       Since the end of scheduled spring session, and in the absence of a state budget, working groups had been focused on K-12 education funding and a stopgap budget to fund state operations until after November elections. The main sticking point was Chicago school funding with the Senate Democrats going so far as to propose sending what would have amounted to nearly $800 million dollars to help out the dysfunctional school system. 
       General Assembly leaders and the Governor met for longer than ever before on Tuesday and Wednesday to come to some sort of middle ground. The resulting agreement was brought to the floor for a vote on June 30th, the end of FY16. House Democrats almost derailed and extorted the process by changing the terms of the deal at the last minute. After passing the Chicago components of the agreement, the main spending portion, SB 2047, was held up when an amendment was added to spend an additional $10 million towards minority teacher education. Eventually, a final amendment restored the original deal and brought a sense of trust back to the process.