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Mautino, Cooke dispute headed back to appeals court

Frank J. Mautino
Frank J. Mautino

The Cooke-Mautino fight over gas receipts is headed back to an appeals court in Springfield — again.

This week, lawyers for Illinois auditor general Frank Mautino filed a motion for rehearing before the 4th District Appellate Court.

At issue are the gas and auto repair receipts that Mautino racked up during his tenure as state representative.

Last month, the 4th District Appellate Court largely ruled in favor of David Cooke, the former Streator resident who disputed Mautino’s receipts. Now, Mautino’s lawyers say the appeals court got part of the ruling wrong and that Mautino is entitled to a new hearing.

New proceedings are pending in Springfield, though the 4th District clerk’s office said Friday there is no briefing schedule at this time.

This all but ensures the campaign dispute will spill into a fourth calendar year.

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