WBEZ | treasurer http://www.wbez.org/tags/treasurer Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Plan to merge Illinois treasurer and comptroller stalled in legislature http://www.wbez.org/story/plan-merge-illinois-treasurer-and-comptroller-stalled-legislature-92018 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-September/2011-09-15/AP110818030147.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The plan to merge the Illinois treasurer and comptroller's office is stuck in the state House of Representatives. Treasurer Dan Rutherford and Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, both Republicans, say combining their offices will save millions of dollars. Topinka blamed Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan for stalling the plan.</p><p>"There are ways to save money, which in this case are perfectly harmless, they wouldn't affect anybody's pocketbook, but we would have the extra 12 million," Topinka said. "That would sure help."</p><p>Madigan's spokesman says the proposal needs more safeguards. Illinois used to have one fiscal office, the state auditor, but a scandal in the 1950's caused constitutional drafters to split the office to prevent future problems.</p></p> Thu, 15 Sep 2011 12:25:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/plan-merge-illinois-treasurer-and-comptroller-stalled-legislature-92018 Illinois Senate committee to debate combining Comptroller, Treasurer offices http://www.wbez.org/story/comptroller/illinois-senate-committee-debate-combining-comptroller-treasurer-offices <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/IMG_7188.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Illinois legislators are preparing to debate a plan that would combine two elected offices into one. The proposal would change the state Constitution, combining the Treasurer's office and the Comptroller's office. Both deal with the finances of Illinois: the treasurer with investments and the comptroller is in charge of dispersing the state's money.</p><p>The new Republican Comptroller, Judy Baar Topinka, is on board with the plan. And so is the new Republican Treasurer, Dan Rutherford, who said he hasn't thought about which one of the two would be out of a job if the offices were combined.</p><p>&quot;That's not a Judy and Dan issue,&quot;&nbsp;Rutherford said. &quot;This is a bigger issue than it is for - it's about changing the government. If this gets down to that, we'll make that decision together when the time comes.&quot;</p><p>Rutherford said the merger would save the state $12 million a year and eliminate about 50 positions.</p><p>A state senate committee is scheduled to discuss the merger Wednesday. Two Democrats and two Republicans are sponsoring the legislation.<br />&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 14 Feb 2011 19:40:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/comptroller/illinois-senate-committee-debate-combining-comptroller-treasurer-offices Lisa Madigan, Jesse White, Dan Rutherford win state races http://www.wbez.org/story/attorney-general/democrats-lead-races-illinois-statewide-offices <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2010-November/2010-11-02/Lisa_Madigan_convocation.JPG" alt="" /><p><p><em>Updated At: 12:02am </em>The Associated Press has declared Republican Dan Rutherford the winner in the Illinois treasurer race over Democrat Robin Kelly.</p><p>Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Secretary of State Jesse White were declared winners in their re-election bids earlier this evening. Both are Democrats. Republican Judy Baar Topinka won the state comptroller race.</p><p>The updated numbers in statewide elections are below.</p><p><strong>Attorney General</strong><br />10,878 of 11,209 precincts - 97 percent<br />x-Lisa Madigan, Dem (i) 2,297,286 - 64 percent<br />Steve Kim, GOP 1,132,431 - 32 percent<br />David Black, Grn 79,618 - 2 percent<br />Bill Malan, Lib 52,565 - 1 percent</p> <p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Secretary of State</strong><br />10,878 of 11,209 precincts - 97 percent <br />X-Jesse White, Dem (i) 2,483,154 - 70 percent<br />Robert Enriquez, GOP 967,067 - 27 percent<br />Josh Hanson, Lib 111,144 - 3 percent</p> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Comptroller</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;10,878 of 11,209 precincts - 97 percent</div> <div>&nbsp;X Judy Baar Topinka, GOP 1,861,385 - 53 percent</div> <div>David Miller, Dem 1,427,213 - 41 percent</div> <div>Julie Fox, Lib 116,173 - 3 percent</div> <div>Erika Schafer, Grn 112,786 - 3 percent</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Treasurer</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;10,870 of 11,209 precincts - 97 percent</div> <div>&nbsp;X Dan Rutherford, GOP 1,749,261 - 50 percent</div> <div>Robin Kelly, Dem 1,571,381 - 45 percent</div> <div>Scott Summers, Grn 111,580 - 3 percent</div> <div>James Pauly, Lib 66,231 - 2 percent</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Amendment Recall of Governor</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;X10,828 of 11,209 precincts - 97 percent</div> <div>&nbsp;x-Yes,&nbsp;2,064,756 - 66 percent</div> <div>No,&nbsp;1,082,346 - 34 percent</div></p> Wed, 03 Nov 2010 01:30:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/attorney-general/democrats-lead-races-illinois-statewide-offices Down-ballot candidates try to get some attention ahead of Tuesday http://www.wbez.org/story/alexi-giannoulias/down-ballot-candidates-try-get-some-attention-ahead-tuesday <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2010-October/2010-10-29/kelly web.png" alt="" /><p><p>Candidates in Illinois are entering their final weekend of campaigning before next Tuesday's election, and those running for lower-profile jobs are just trying to get some attention. Some are barely sleeping, or - like Democrat Robin Kelly - are losing their voices.</p><p>&quot;Oh, I'm all over the place,&quot; Kelly said Friday during an interview on her cell phone. &quot;I'm on my way to Schaumburg now, actually. We'll be at a rally in Chicago Heights.&quot;<br /><br />Kelly is currently chief of staff for Illinois Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias. With Giannoulias running for U.S. Senate, Kelly is going for the office's top job. In this crowded election year, she acknowledges most of the spotlight is elsewhere.<br /><br />&quot;I know people are more interested in the governor's race and the Senate race, but I feel like I'm holding my own,&quot; Kelly said.<br /><br />Kelly is running against Republican state Senator Dan Rutherford, the Green Party's Scott Summers and James Pauly from the Libertarian Party.</p><p>Illinois voters next Tuesday are electing all statewide offices, members of Congress, all state representatives, a third of state senators and hundreds of county officials and judges.</p></p> Fri, 29 Oct 2010 18:58:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/alexi-giannoulias/down-ballot-candidates-try-get-some-attention-ahead-tuesday