U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren’s office made a payment to his former chief of staff, Nick Provenzano, in June – months after his firing in March.
The June 1 payment of $1,083.33 was for field consulting work. While the disbursement appeared on a second quarter financial report to the U.S. Federal Election Commission, the money was for work Provenzano performed before the congressman fired him.
“While it hit the FEC reportings as a June payment, it was actually from the work he did in the month of March, leading up to his firing,” said Christopher Kichka, Hultgren’s communications director. “Mr. Provenzano has not done any work for the congressman either on the official or unofficial side since his termination.”
Provenzano submitted his final invoice after his termination.
“By the time it was processed, it was too late for the first quarter filing,” Kichka said, “so it did not hit the first quarter, it hit the second quarter with a date of June. However, it was not from any work past March of his firing.”
Hultgren, R-Plano, represents the 14th Congressional District and fired Provenzano in March after an Oct. 21 sexual encounter with a teenage boy was made public.
Provenzano was an important member of his team when the 56-year-old called Hultgren in mid-March to inform him about the incident.
Provenzano earned $6,500 from Hultgren’s office between Jan. 9 and March 1, according to FEC records.
On Oct. 21, police officers rolled down a dead-end McHenry street and found an SUV with its headlights turned off. Inside, they found a shirtless Provenzano with a teenage boy, according to a police report.
The 17-year-old said they met on Grindr, a popular gay dating app.
Provenzano, who was not charged with a crime, told McHenry police they were “hanging out,” according to the redacted report.
The teen told police the meeting was “sexual” in nature and consensual, according to the report. The age of consent in Illinois is 17.
Provenzano served on the McHenry County Board for 12 years and resigned in 2016 to work for Hultgren as deputy district director.