A 2012 ballot measure, the Illinois Treasurer and Comptroller Amendment, may offer Illinois voters the chance to permanently merge the offices of treasurer and comptroller.. Both Treasurer Dan Rutherford and Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka support the proposal, arguing consolidation of the offices will "improve efficiency, save on personnel and office costs and deliver ... more timely state investments."
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.|
Here is a list of the standard qualifications necessary under Illinois State Law in order to be considered for the Comptroller's office:
- To be eligible to hold the office of Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Comptroller or Treasurer, a person must be:
According to Article V, Section 2 of the state constitution, the comptroller 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.
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.
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.
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."
The comptroller office is further split into six departments:
- 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
Springfield, IL 62706-0001
Phone: (217) 782-6000
- Judy Baar Topinka
- Illinois Governor Pat Quinn
- Lieutenant Governor of Illinois
- Illinois Attorney General
- Illinois Secretary of State
- Illinois State Controller's Office
- Comptroller Biography
- Illinois State Comptroller, History of the Office