The treasurer is responsible for maintaining the state funds and acting as the state's bank.
A 2012 ballot measure, the Illinois Treasurer and Comptroller Amendment, may offer 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."
The current officeholder is Dan Rutherford. He served previously in the Illinois State Senate, representing District 53 from 2003 to 2010 and serving as an Assistant Minority Leader. Before becoming a Senator, Rutherford was a member of the Illinois House of Representatives from 1993 to 2003. Rutherford was first elected Treasurer in 2010, succeeding Alexi Giannoulias. Rutherford's term as Treasurer expires in 2015.
Rutherford graduated from Illinois State University with his Bachelor's degree in 1978. Rutherford also served as a Legislative Assistant for former State Representative Tom Ewing from 1978 to 1980 and was a Business Executive. 
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 Office of Treasurer:
- 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 treasurer 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 the treasurer. If the Treasurer...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, Section 18, Treasuruer - 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.
The main divisions within the office of Illinois Treasurer include:
- Bright Start College Savings Program
- Capital Litigation
- Cultivate Illinois
- Business Invest
- Estate Tax Division
- Executive Inspector General
- External Affairs
- Finally Home
- Financial Education
- Fiscal Operations
- Illinois Funds
- Information Technology (IT)
- Internal Audit
- Law Division
- Legislative Affairs
- Opportunity Illinois
- Press Office
- Scheduling & Events Management
- State Treasurer's TDD Line
- Unclaimed Property Division
- Warrant Division
- See also: Compensation of state executive officers
Illinois State Treasurer's Office
Springfield, IL 62706
- Dan Rutherford
- Illinois Governor Pat Quinn
- Lieutenant Governor of Illinois
- Illinois Attorney General
- Illinois Secretary of State
- "New Ill. GOP comptroller, treasurer: no blank checks for Dem gov’s borrowing," Illinois Statehouse News, November 10, 2010
- Illinois Treasurer "Meet Treasurer Rutherford" Accessed July 28, 2012
- Illinois Treasurer "Our offices" Accessed July 28, 2012
- The Council of State Governments,"The Book of States 2010 Table 4.11," retrieved September 5, 2012