Illinois down ballot state executive elections, 2014

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Illinois Down Ballot State Executive Elections

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date:
March 18, 2014

Illinois State Executive Elections
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Treasurer, Controller

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Two down ballot state executive positions were up for election in the state of Illinois in 2014. The two down ballot offices on the ballot in 2014 were the Illinois Treasurer and the Illinois Comptroller. The general election took place November 4, 2014.

Incumbent Treasurer Dan Rutherford (R) ran unsuccessfully in the Republican gubernatorial primary, leaving his current office open after the general election. Tom Cross (R), Mike Frerichs (D) and Matt Skopek (L) sought to replace Rutherford. Frerichs won the election following two weeks of uncertainty as county election officials counted ballots. Judy Baar Topinka (R) won another term as comptroller against Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon (D) and Julie Fox (L).

Illinois is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. Voters do not have to register with a party, but they do have to choose, publicly, which party's ballot they will vote on at the primary election.[1]

Treasurer

Candidates

General election

Republican Party Tom Cross - State Rep. and House Minority Leader[2]
Democratic Party Mike Frerichs Green check mark transparent.png - State Sen.[3]
Libertarian Party Matt Skopek - Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Illinois

Filed for other office

Republican Party Dan Rutherford - Incumbent[4]

Lost in primary

Republican Party Bob Grogan - DuPage County Auditor, CPA[5]

Failed to qualify

Green Party Julie Samuels
Constitution Party Tim Pearcy

Results

General election

Illinois Treasurer, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Frerichs 48.1% 1,694,223
     Republican Tom Cross 47.8% 1,684,885
     Libertarian Matt Skopek 4.2% 146,556
Total Votes 3,525,664
Election Results via Illinois Election Data. Vote totals above are unofficial and reflect 100% precincts reporting.

Primary election

Republican primary
Illinois Treasurer, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTom Cross 57.3% 395,821
Bob Grogan 42.7% 294,504
Total Votes 690,325
Election Results Via:The Associated Press. Vote totals above are unofficial and reflect 100% precincts reporting.
Democratic primary
  • Uncontested

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Narrow margin of victory for Frerichs

The treasurer's race was among a small handful of state executive elections in the United States that could not be decided on November 4. Republican candidate Tom Cross led Democratic candidate Mike Frerichs by 21,000 votes out of 3.4 million votes cast in the race on November 5. Cross's narrow lead shrunk further after absentee and provision ballots were counted the following week. The Cross campaign complained that Cook County balloting revealed instances of voter fraud and counting irregularities. Cross conceded to Frerichs on November 19, 2014, after all counties reported their results and gave Frerichs a lead of less than 10,000 votes.[6][7]

Duties

The specific duties of the treasurer are outlined in Article V, Section 18 of the Illinois Constitution.

Article V, Section 18, Treasurer - Duties: "The Treasurer, in accordance with law, shall be responsible for the safekeeping and investment of monies and securities deposited with him, and for their disbursement upon order of the Comptroller."

The main duty performed by this office is investing the state money collected and distributing it as needed. The office also offers programs to help state citizens with their own financial well being such as classes to help manage money. A college savings program is also run by the office to help students in need as well as keeping track and returning unclaimed property.

Polls

General election

Illinois Treasurer - General election
Poll Tom Cross Michael FrerichsMatt SkopekUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Reboot Illinois
(October 7, 2014)
40.4%39%5.6%15%+/-2.981,083
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

Primary election

Illinois Treasurer - Republican Primary 2014
Poll Bob Grogan Tom CrossUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Battleground Polling
(November 11, 2013)
13%27%60%+/-3.97535
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

Past elections

2010

Illinois State Treasurer General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDan Rutherford 49.7% 1,811,293
     Democratic Robin Kelly 45.3% 1,650,244
     Green Scott K. Summers 3.2% 115,772
     Libertarian James Pauly 1.9% 68,803
Total Votes 3,646,112
Election Results Via: Follow The Money

Comptroller

Candidates

General election

Republican Party Judy Baar Topinka - Incumbent Green check mark transparent.png
Democratic Party Sheila Simon - Current Lieutenant Governor of Illinois[8]
Libertarian Party Julie Fox - Certified public accountant[9]

Failed to qualify

Green Party Tim Curtin
Constitution Party Timothy Goodcase[10]


Results

General election

Illinois Controller, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJudy Baar Topinka Incumbent 50% 1,724,151
     Democratic Sheila Simon 45.3% 1,562,414
     Libertarian Julie Fox 4.8% 164,857
Total Votes 3,451,422
Election Results via The New York Times. Vote totals above are unofficial and reflect 99% precincts reporting.

Duties

The controller's main duties include maintaining the state's fiscal accounts, ordering payments into the treasury and issuing warrants against any funds held by the treasurer.

The specific duties of the comptroller are outlined in Article V, Section 17 of the Illinois Constitution.

Article V, Section 17, Comptroller - Duties: "The Comptroller, in accordance with law, shall maintain the State's central fiscal accounts, and order payments into and out of the funds held by the Treasurer."

Polls

Illinois Comptroller - General election
Poll Judy Baar Topinka Sheila SimonJulie FoxUndecidedSample Size
Reboot Illinois
(October 8, 2014)
52.5%34.3%4.3%8.9%1,070
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

Past elections

2010

Illinois State Comptroller, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJudy Baar Topinka 52.6% 1,927,139
     Democratic David E. Miller 40.9% 1,497,263
     Libertarian Julie Fox 3.3% 121,068
     Green R. Erika Schafer 3.2% 116,712
Total Votes 3,662,182
Election Results Via: Follow the Money

Key deadlines

Deadline Event
December 2, 2013 Last day of petition filing for established political parties
January 16, 2014 Last day to file a Declaration of Intent to be a write-in candidate
March 18, 2014 Primary election
November 4, 2014 General election
November 25, 2014 Last day for canvassing election results by proper canvassing board
January 12, 2015 Inauguration day for state executive officials in general election

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