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What do you do with a top ranking ethics officer who is himself facing serious questions of unethical behavior?

First, you ask for answers. In the case of the campaign finance and accounting questions surrounding Illinois’ new Auditor General Frank Mautino, lawmakers from the House and Senate have asked for answers time and time again over the past four months. Now, we’re out of patience.

 Read more at Positively Naperville.

Update: Since the writing of this article, a growing group of 21 members of the House and Senate have formally requested that Auditor General Mautino take an unpaid leave of absence until the state and federal investigations are concluded. So far, the only response has been "no comment" from Mautino's press spokesman.
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Transitioning Veterans and Unemployed Veterans

This workshop will cover a basic overview of the Job Search plus representatives from various veteran organizations to explain available services.

9am to 1200pm

Wednesday , June 15, 2016

workNet DuPage Career Center

2525 Cabot Drive, Suite 302

Lisle, Il 60532


Service Organizations: workNet DuPage, Illinois Department of Employment Security Veterans Employment Representative, DuPage County Veterans Assistance Commission, Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs Officer, Department of Veterans Affairs, and Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans, DuPage County Vet Center.

 
A group of Illinois lawmakers today  urged Illinois Auditor General Frank Mautino to voluntarily take an unpaid leave of absence while numerous investigations persist into irregular campaign expenditures and reporting procedures dating back to his time in the Illinois House of Representatives. The lawmakers stressed that Mautino cannot effectively do his job while under a lingering cloud of suspicion.

“Over the last four months we have formally asked Auditor General Mautino four times to provide answers to the questions raised in the investigations, and still no answers are forthcoming. Recently it has come to light that federal authorities are looking into his campaign spending and reporting practices as well. There is no way that he can effectively do his job as Auditor General while defending himself against potential criminal charges and a State Election Board investigation,” said State Representative Grant Wehrli (R-Naperville).
You're Invited to a discuss the state budget, other legislative topics, and where we go from here...

State Representative Grant Wehrli on Friday stood up with his  House Republican colleagues calling for  the House to continue working through the Weekend on a responsible compromise budget solution.

Rank and file members have been participating in working groups aimed at bridging the gap and coming up with both reforms and budgetary compromises, but Speaker Madigan this week dismissed the groups' efforts , and, with mere days remaining in the scheduled spring session, on Friday adjourned the House for the weekend.

Representative Wehrli again stressed that he is ready to work every day on a responsible, balanced budget compromise.

There’s an old saying about the wisdom of helping those who are also willing to help themselves. I couldn’t help but think of this saying recently as I reviewed details of the latest proposal to reform how we fund public schools in Illinois.

There’s no question that our current formula for funding schools is broken. It allows for huge disparities from one region to another in dollars that are available to spend on students. Some of that disparity is by chance (despite local efforts, there is simply not enough property wealth in the district to raise adequate property tax revenue for schools), but some is by choice (the property wealth is there, but local officials refuse to tap into it). Read more at Positively Naperville.