By Mark Fitton
Illinois News Network
SPRINGFIELD — State Rep. Frank Mautino will be Illinois’ next auditor general.
The Democrat from Spring Valley, nominated by state’s Legislative Audit Commission, was approved Tuesday by a vote of 55-0 in the Senate and 102-10 in the House.
The post was established in the 1970 state constitution, and Mautino becomes Illinois’ third auditor general and the first to have served in the General Assembly.
Mautino has served in the House since 1991 and been a deputy majority leader since 2011. He was a member of the Legislative Audit Commission for 18 years before resigning from the panel this summer to submit his application for auditor.
He was praised by members of both parties Tuesday for his intelligence, integrity and perseverance, as well as his understanding of Illinois government.
“He will serve us as the auditor general in the same way he served us in the General Assembly,” said Rep. Jay Hoffman D-Belleville. “He will serve us with honor, with integrity. He will be a man that we will be able to respect in that position — the same as we’ve respected (outgoing auditor general) Bill Holland.”
Sen. Sue Rezin, R-Morris, whose district includes the representative’s, said while she and Mautino have the philosophical differences one might expect, party lines have never kept Mautino from working with her on legislation to benefit the Illinois Valley.
“Frankie, as everyone so affectionately calls him, works very hard to make everything work for our district,” she said.
Rep. John Bradley, D-Marion, said while Mautino’s qualifications as a professional and legislator are “without question, his qualifications as a human being are without equal.”
Mautino, 53, is a 1985 graduate of Illinois State University, where he majored in marketing. He and his wife, Lena, have three children. His late father, state Rep. Richard “Dick” Mautino, served in the House from 1975 until his death in 1991.
After the vote, Mautino thanked his colleagues for their support and confidence.
“This chamber is full of amazing people, and I’ve been blessed these last 25 years to serve with you,” he said.
Holland, the current auditor general, announced in June that he would retire at the end of the calendar year. Then a staff member for Senate Democrats, Holland took office in 1992 and built a reputation for integrity in a state known for partisan, rough and sometimes corrupt politics.
The auditor general is the Illinois constitutional officer charged with reviewing state agencies financial records, their performance and their compliance with state and federal laws. The office issues about 150 reports per year.
The remainder of Mautino’s current, two-year term will be filled by weighted of vote of the Democratic county chairmen in the 76th District, which includes all or parts of Bureau, LaSalle, Livingston and Putnam counties.
Mautino was appointed to serve a ten-year term. The job pays about $152,000.