Elections board will review legislator's mileage spending

Mar 14, 2016

The Illinois State Board of Elections will hold a public hearing on State Senator Sam McCann's mileage reimbursements from his campaign account.

Board members voted today - a day before McCann's political future is decided in a tight primary contest.

The senator billed his campaign more than 38,000 dollars for mileage he says was racked up driving around his district on public business.

Elections board director Steven Sandvoss says he doesn't know when the hearing will be held.

"We have to schedule it, we have to send out the notice, we have to hire a hearing officer. My guess would be probably at least a couple of weeks."

McCann is also being asked to submit amended reports specifying thousands of dollars in purchases to the elections board, or face an additional public hearing.

McCann, a Plainview Republican, is fighting to keep his seat against Bryce Benton of Springfield.‚Äč