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Elaine Nekritz

Panel recommends Rep. Mautino for Illinois Auditor General

A bipartisan legislative panel on Tuesday recommended longtime state Rep. Frank Mautino to serve as Illinois' next auditor general. The Spring Valley Democrat and deputy majority leader was chosen from a group of four finalists for the position, which oversees audits of state agencies. The vote by the Legislative Audit Commission still must be approved by a three-fifths vote of the Illinois House and Senate. If approved, Mautino would replace William Holland, who was first appointed auditor general in 1992. Holland announced in June that he will retire on Dec. 31. Mautino has represented all or parts of Bureau, LaSalle, Livingston and Putnam counties since 1991, when he was appointed...