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Illinois Lawmakers choose new Auditor General

Illinois lawmakers have been unable to come together on a state budget but they did reach a significant bipartisan agreement today.  Illinois' current Auditor General Bill Holland is retiring at the end of the year.  Legislators on both sides of the aisle have agreed that Frank Mautino should replace him.

Mautino has been a Democratic state representative for Bureau and surrounding counties for two decades; for about half of them, he's served as co-chair of the legislature's audit commission

A three-fifths vote was required in both chambers of the General Assembly in order for Mautino to clinch the job.   He easily surpassed that. After the vote, Mautino stood on the floor to thank his colleagues.

"With the confidence that you have shown in me I promise that I will take on the legacy of Bill Holland."

Mautino's ten-year term will begin in January.

Amanda Vinicky moved to Chicago Tonight on WTTW-TV PBS in 2017.