Hebein says Mautino's campaign shows lack of accountability
Republican House candidate Herbert Hebein believes that Illinois Auditor General Frank Mautino should not hold office if he is guilty of the recent charges against him.
Mautino is under federal investigation for possibly violating campaign finance laws after his campaign was found to have spent more than $225,000 at a single service station in his district for gas and repairs to vehicles owned by him and those close to him.
“If he is guilty of the accusations and if it has been going on for a time, then yes this would be a lack of accountability,” Hebein told the South Cook News. "He should be able to hold office unless found guilty."
The Illinois State Board of Elections recently voted 4-4 along partisan lines to fine Mautino’s now-defunct campaign for those expenditures and for also writing checks of up to $150,000 in the name of a local bank and using the campaign committee account to cash them.
Receipts were rarely kept for any of the transactions and no unused cash from the checks was ever returned to the campaign.
Hebein is running against incumbent Rep. Frances Ann Hurley (D-Chicago) for the 35th House District. He believes it’s time voters get serious about the kind of leaders they truly want in Springfield representing them.
“Leaders should take the oath and live by the oath, and not disregard their oath of the office,” he said.