Hultgren fires top aide Nick Provenzano in wake of sex scandal
Illinois GOP Rep. Randy Hultgren has fired a top aide after the staffer was found in a car last fall with a 17-year-old boy and no shirt on, according to multiple sources and a police report.
Nick Provenzano, 56, was dismissed by Hultgren over the weekend, the sources said.
Provenzano later told the officer that he "did not want to admit to anything, but stated that contact between him and [the teenager] was consensual in nature, that nobody was forced or coerced each other to engage in any acts they did not want to, and that he believed [the teenager] was eighteen (18) years old."
The teenager later told police he had met Provenzano on the gay dating site Grindr.
Provenzano was paid more than $80,000 as Hultgren's deputy district director last year, according to House disbursement records. He also earned another $28,000-plus from Hultgren’s reelection committee during 2017, according to records on file with the Federal Election Commission.
Provenzano served as a McHenry County board member for 13 years. He was also the campaign manager for former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) in 2010, according to his LinkedIn biography.