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|Image =Seal of Illinois.png
 
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|Office website = http://www.ioc.state.il.us/
 
|Office website = http://www.ioc.state.il.us/
|Budget =   
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|Budget =  109800600
|Budget year =  
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|Budget year =2012
 
|Term limits = None
 
|Term limits = None
 
|Length of term =4 years
 
|Length of term =4 years
 
|Authority =[[Article_V,_Illinois_Constitution#Section_1|Illinois Constitution, Article V, Section 1]]
 
|Authority =[[Article_V,_Illinois_Constitution#Section_1|Illinois Constitution, Article V, Section 1]]
 
|Selected =Elected
 
|Selected =Elected
|Current officeholder =Judy Baar Topinka
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|Current officeholder = Leslie Munger
|Partisan =Republican
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|Partisan = Republican
|Officeholder image = Judy Baar Topinka.jpg
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|Officeholder image = LeslieMunger.jpg
|Assumed office = January 10, 2011
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|Assumed office = January 12, 2015
|Compensation = 135,700
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|Compensation = 135,669
|Next election =[[Illinois state executive official elections, 2014|November 4, 2014]]
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|Next election = 2016
|Last election= November 2, 2010
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|Last election= [[Illinois down ballot state executive elections, 2014|November 4, 2014]]
|Other offices =[[Governor of Illinois|Governor]] • [[Lieutenant Governor of Illinois|Lieutenant Governor]] • [[Illinois Secretary of State|Secretary of State]] • [[Attorney General of Illinois|Attorney General]] • [[Illinois Treasurer|Treasurer]] • [[Illinois Auditor|Auditor]] • [[Illinois Comptroller|Comptroller]] • [[Illinois Superintendent of Education|Superintendent of Education]] • [[Illinois Director of Agriculture|Agriculture Director]] • [[Illinois Director of Insurance|Insurance Director]] • [[Illinois Director of Natural Resources|Natural Resources Director]] • [[Illinois Director of Labor|Labor Director]] • [[Illinois Commerce Commission|Illinois Commerce Commission]]}}{{TOCnestright}}The '''Controller of the State of Illinois''' is the chief financial officer of the government of [[Illinois]].  
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|Other offices =[[Governor of Illinois|Governor]] • [[Lieutenant Governor of Illinois|Lieutenant Governor]] • [[Illinois Secretary of State|Secretary of State]] • [[Attorney General of Illinois|Attorney General]] • [[Illinois Treasurer|Treasurer]] • [[Illinois Auditor|Auditor]] • [[Illinois Comptroller|Comptroller]] • [[Illinois Superintendent of Education|Superintendent of Education]] • [[Illinois Director of Agriculture|Agriculture Director]] • [[Illinois Director of Insurance|Insurance Director]] • [[Illinois Director of Natural Resources|Natural Resources Director]] • [[Illinois Director of Labor|Labor Director]] • [[Illinois Commerce Commission|Illinois Commerce Commission]]}}{{TOCnestright}}The '''Comptroller of the State of Illinois''' is the chief financial officer of the government of [[Illinois]].  
  
 
==Current officeholder==
 
==Current officeholder==
The current state controller is [[Judy Baar Topinka]]. She has served since January 2011, and was formerly [[Illinois Treasurer]].<ref>[http://www.ioc.state.il.us/index.cfm/about-our-office/comptrollers-biography/ ''Illinois Office of Comptroller'' "Biography" Accessed July 28, 2012]</ref>
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The current officeholder is [[Leslie Munger]] (R), who was appointed on January 12, 2015, by [[Bruce Rauner|Gov. Bruce Rauner]] (R). Munger replaced interim comptroller [[Jerry Stermer]], who was appointed on December 19, 2014.<ref name=stermer>[http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/chi-quinn-to-name-topinka-successor-20141219-story.html ''Chicago Tribune,'' "Quinn names longtime aide Stermer to succeed Topinka as comptroller," December 19, 2014]</ref> The office was vacant for 10 days prior to Stermer's appointment following the death of former state controller [[Judy Baar Topinka]]. Topinka was first elected in November 2010 and served until December 9, 2014, when she passed away due to complications from a stroke suffered the previous day. Topinka won a new term in the [[Illinois down ballot state executive elections, 2014|2014 elections]].<ref name=story>[http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-illinois-comptroller-judy-baar-topinka-dies-at-age-70-20141210-story.html?track=rss ''Chicago Tribune,'' "Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka dies at age 70," December 10, 2014]</ref>
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The process of filling the vacant comptroller's office generated discussion about how to fulfill appointment requirements in the [[Illinois Constitution]]. The governor is tasked with filling vacancies in state executive offices, though the length of the appointment is up for debate. A scenario that gained support from legislative leaders and analysts involved appointment of an interim comptroller by outgoing [[Pat Quinn|Gov. Pat Quinn]] (D) through the remainder of Topinka's previous term ending in January 2015. [[John Cullerton|State Senate President John Cullerton]] (D) called for a special election in 2016 to prevent Munger from serving a full term intended for an elected official.<ref>[http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/chi-no-special-session-on-topinka-replacement-madigan-says-20141211-story.html ''Chicago Tribune,'' "Speaker Madigan rules out special session on Topinka successor," December 11, 2014]</ref>
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Quinn called for a special session of the [[Illinois State Legislature]] to convene on January 8, 2015, to address the possibility of a special election for the remainder of Topinka's new term. Quinn and [[Lisa Madigan|Attorney General Lisa Madigan]] (D) advocated for a 2016 special election in order to give the public a chance to replace Topinka. Rauner and Republican state legislators countered that a constitutional amendment was the only legal path to a special election.<ref>[http://politics.suntimes.com/article/springfield/gov-quinn-calls-special-session-comptroller-vacancy/thu-12182014-1205pm ''Chicago Sun-Times,'' "Gov. Quinn calls special session on comptroller vacancy," December 18, 2014]</ref> On the first day of the special session, legislators approved a bill requiring a special election in 2016 for the comptroller's office. This bill, signed by Quinn prior to leaving office, requires special elections for vacancies in the offices of [[Illinois Attorney General|attorney general]], [[Illinois Secretary of State|secretary of state]], comptroller and [[Illinois Treasurer|treasurer]].<ref>[http://fox2now.com/2015/01/10/quinn-to-sign-2016-comptroller-special-election-bill/ ''Fox 2 Now,'' "Quinn signs 2016 comptroller special election bill," January 10, 2015]</ref>
  
 
==Authority==
 
==Authority==
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'''Article V, Section 1'''
 
'''Article V, Section 1'''
  
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==Elections==
 
==Elections==
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[[File:Illinois exec org chart.png|200px|right|thumb|Illinois state government organizational chart]]
 
According to [[Article_V,_Illinois_Constitution#Section_2|Article V, Section 2]] of the [[Illinois Constitution|state constitution]], state comptrollers shall hold office for four years beginning on the second Monday of January after their election and until their successors are qualified. They shall be elected at the general election in 1978 and every four years thereafter.
 
According to [[Article_V,_Illinois_Constitution#Section_2|Article V, Section 2]] of the [[Illinois Constitution|state constitution]], state comptrollers shall hold office for four years beginning on the second Monday of January after their election and until their successors are qualified. They shall be elected at the general election in 1978 and every four years thereafter.
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==Vacancies==
 
==Vacancies==
 
[[Article_V,_Illinois_Constitution#Section_7|Article V, Section 7]] of the [[Illinois Constitution]] addresses vacancies in the office of comptroller. If the comptroller...fails to qualify or if his office becomes vacant, the Governor shall fill the office by appointment. The appointee shall hold office until the elected officer qualifies or until a successor is elected and qualified as may be provided by law and shall not be subject to removal by the Governor.
 
[[Article_V,_Illinois_Constitution#Section_7|Article V, Section 7]] of the [[Illinois Constitution]] addresses vacancies in the office of comptroller. If the comptroller...fails to qualify or if his office becomes vacant, the Governor shall fill the office by appointment. The appointee shall hold office until the elected officer qualifies or until a successor is elected and qualified as may be provided by law and shall not be subject to removal by the Governor.
  
 
==Duties==
 
==Duties==
The [[Comptroller|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.
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The [[Comptroller|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,_Illinois_Constitution#Section_17|Article V, Section 17]] of the [[Illinois Constitution]].
 
The specific duties of the comptroller are outlined in [[Article_V,_Illinois_Constitution#Section_17|Article V, Section 17]] of the [[Illinois Constitution]].
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==Divisions==
 
==Divisions==
The comptroller office is further split into six departments:<ref>[http://www.ioc.state.il.us/index.cfm/departments/ ''Illinois Department of Comptroller'' "Departments" Accessed July 28, 2012]</ref>
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The comptroller office is further split into six departments:<ref>[http://www.ioc.state.il.us/index.cfm/departments/ ''Illinois Department of Comptroller'', "Departments" accessed July 28, 2012]</ref>
 
*The taxpayer information and consumer affairs department
 
*The taxpayer information and consumer affairs department
 
*The cemetery care department
 
*The cemetery care department
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*The research and fiscal department
 
*The research and fiscal department
 
*The electronic commerce department
 
*The electronic commerce department
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==State budget==
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The budget for the Office of the State Comptroller in Fiscal Year 2012 was $109,800,600.<ref>[http://www.state.il.us/budget/FY2013/FY13OperatingBudget.pdf ''Operating Budget Book''“Illinois State Budget Fiscal Year 2013,”  5.39," accessed June20, 2013]</ref>
  
 
==Compensation==
 
==Compensation==
 
:: ''See also: [[Compensation of state executive officers]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[Compensation of state executive officers]]''
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The salaries of elected executives in Illinois are determined by the [[Illinois State Legislature]] as mandated in the state constitution. [[Article V, Illinois Constitution|Article V, Section 21]] of the [[Illinois Constitution]] also notes that executives cannot receive additional compensation beyond their salaries nor can their salaries be changed during current terms:
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===2014===
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In 2014, the comptroller received a salary of $151,035, according to the [[Council of State Governments]].<ref>[http://knowledgecenter.csg.org/kc/system/files/4.11%202014.pdf ''Council of State Governments,'' "SELECTED STATE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIALS: ANNUAL SALARIES," accessed November 14, 2014]</ref>
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In 2013, the comptroller received [[Compensation of state executive officers|a salary of $139,669.]] This figure comes from the [[Council of State Governments]].<ref>[http://knowledgecenter.csg.org/kc/system/files/4.11_2013.pdf ''The Council of State Governments'', "Book of the States 2013, Table 4.11," accessed February 2, 2014]</ref>
  
 
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===2010===
 
===2010===
In 2010, the Illinois Comptroller was paid an estimated $135,700 according to the [[Council of State Governments]].<ref>[http://knowledgecenter.csg.org/drupal/system/files/Table_4.11.pdf ''The Council of State Governments'',"The Book of States 2010 Table 4.11," retrieved September 5, 2012]</ref>
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In 2010, the comptroller was paid an estimated $135,700, according to the [[Council of State Governments]].<ref>[http://knowledgecenter.csg.org/drupal/system/files/Table_4.11.pdf ''The Council of State Governments'', "The Book of States 2010 Table 4.11," accessed September 5, 2012]</ref>
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==Contact Information==
 
==Contact Information==
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==See also==
 
==See also==
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*[[Judy Baar Topinka]]
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*[[Pat Quinn|Illinois Governor Pat Quinn]]
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*[[Lieutenant Governor of Illinois]]
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*[[Illinois Secretary of State]]
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* [http://www.ioc.state.il.us/ Illinois State Controller's Office]
 
* [http://www.ioc.state.il.us/ Illinois State Controller's Office]
 
** [http://www.ioc.state.il.us/index.cfm/about-our-office/comptrollers-biography/ Comptroller Biography]
 
** [http://www.ioc.state.il.us/index.cfm/about-our-office/comptrollers-biography/ Comptroller Biography]

Latest revision as of 11:59, 25 February 2015

Illinois Comptroller
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2012 FY Budget:  $109,800,600
Term limits:  None
Structure
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Illinois Constitution, Article V, Section 1
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

LeslieMunger.jpg
Name:  Leslie Munger
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  January 12, 2015
Compensation:  $135,669
Elections
Next election:  2016
Last election:  November 4, 2014
Other Illinois Executive Offices
GovernorLieutenant GovernorSecretary of StateAttorney GeneralTreasurerAuditorComptrollerSuperintendent of EducationAgriculture DirectorInsurance DirectorNatural Resources DirectorLabor DirectorIllinois Commerce Commission
The Comptroller of the State of Illinois is the chief financial officer of the government of Illinois.

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Leslie Munger (R), who was appointed on January 12, 2015, by Gov. Bruce Rauner (R). Munger replaced interim comptroller Jerry Stermer, who was appointed on December 19, 2014.[1] The office was vacant for 10 days prior to Stermer's appointment following the death of former state controller Judy Baar Topinka. Topinka was first elected in November 2010 and served until December 9, 2014, when she passed away due to complications from a stroke suffered the previous day. Topinka won a new term in the 2014 elections.[2]

The process of filling the vacant comptroller's office generated discussion about how to fulfill appointment requirements in the Illinois Constitution. The governor is tasked with filling vacancies in state executive offices, though the length of the appointment is up for debate. A scenario that gained support from legislative leaders and analysts involved appointment of an interim comptroller by outgoing Gov. Pat Quinn (D) through the remainder of Topinka's previous term ending in January 2015. State Senate President John Cullerton (D) called for a special election in 2016 to prevent Munger from serving a full term intended for an elected official.[3]

Quinn called for a special session of the Illinois State Legislature to convene on January 8, 2015, to address the possibility of a special election for the remainder of Topinka's new term. Quinn and Attorney General Lisa Madigan (D) advocated for a 2016 special election in order to give the public a chance to replace Topinka. Rauner and Republican state legislators countered that a constitutional amendment was the only legal path to a special election.[4] On the first day of the special session, legislators approved a bill requiring a special election in 2016 for the comptroller's office. This bill, signed by Quinn prior to leaving office, requires special elections for vacancies in the offices of attorney general, secretary of state, comptroller and treasurer.[5]

Authority

The office of comptroller is authorized by Article V, Section 1 of the Illinois Constitution.

Article V, Section 1

Officers: The Executive Branch shall include a Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Comptroller and Treasurer elected by the electors of the State. They shall keep the public records and maintain a residence at the seat of government during their terms of office.

Qualifications

Here is a list of the standard qualifications necessary under Illinois State Law in order to be considered for the Comptroller's office:

Elections

Illinois state government organizational chart

According to Article V, Section 2 of the state constitution, state comptrollers shall hold office for four years beginning on the second Monday of January after their election and until their successors are qualified. They shall be elected at the general election in 1978 and every four years thereafter.

2014

See also: Illinois down ballot state executive elections, 2014
Illinois Controller, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJudy Baar Topinka Incumbent 49.6% 1,775,983
     Democratic Sheila Simon 45.7% 1,636,593
     Libertarian Julie Fox 4.8% 170,534
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0% 176
Total Votes 3,583,286
Election Results via Illinois State Board of Elections.

Vacancies

Article V, Section 7 of the Illinois Constitution addresses vacancies in the office of comptroller. If the comptroller...fails to qualify or if his office becomes vacant, the Governor shall fill the office by appointment. The appointee shall hold office until the elected officer qualifies or until a successor is elected and qualified as may be provided by law and shall not be subject to removal by the Governor.

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."

Divisions

The comptroller office is further split into six departments:[6]

  • The taxpayer information and consumer affairs department
  • The cemetery care department
  • The local government department
  • The public accountability
  • The research and fiscal department
  • The electronic commerce department

State budget

See also: Illinois state budget and finances

The budget for the Office of the State Comptroller in Fiscal Year 2012 was $109,800,600.[7]

Compensation

See also: Compensation of state executive officers

The salaries of elected executives in Illinois are determined by the Illinois State Legislature as mandated in the state constitution. Article V, Section 21 of the Illinois Constitution also notes that executives cannot receive additional compensation beyond their salaries nor can their salaries be changed during current terms:

Article V, Section 21 of the Illinois Constitution

Text of Section 21:

Compensation

Officers of the Executive Branch shall be paid salaries established by law and shall receive no other compensation for their services. Changes in the salaries of these officers elected or appointed for stated terms shall not take effect during the stated terms.[8]

2014

In 2014, the comptroller received a salary of $151,035, according to the Council of State Governments.[9]

2013

In 2013, the comptroller received a salary of $139,669. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.[10]

2012

In 2012, the comptroller was paid an estimated $135,669. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.

2010

In 2010, the comptroller was paid an estimated $135,700, according to the Council of State Governments.[11]

Historical officeholders

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Contact Information

Main Office
201 Capitol
Springfield, IL 62706-0001

Phone: (217) 782-6000

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