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William Holland
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Illinois Auditor General
In office
August 1, 1992 - Present
Term ends
August 1, 2022
Years in position 23
Base salary$149,005
Elections and appointments
AppointedAugust 1992, re-appointed 2002, 2012
Appointed byIllinois General Assembly
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sSeattle University
Office website
William Holland is the Auditor General in Illinois. He has served in this position since being appointed on August 1, 1992.[1]


Holland first entered politics as a legislative intern in the Illinois House of Representatives. He was appointed director of the House Majority Appropriations staff in 1978, and in 1980 appointed as director of the General Assembly's Washington, D.C. office. In 1983, Holland became Chief of Staff to then-Illinois Senate President Philip Rock, a position he held until 1992.[2]

Holland, who readily admits to not being a trained auditor as well as having no accounting experience, stated, "That exposure to all of state government was very helpful and very useful to me when I began my career as the auditor general. I am surrounded by immensely talented accountants and auditors and people with a lot of experience. I’ve got the high-level view. They bring in the detail, and it’s a pretty good mix.”[3]


  • Graduated, Seattle University

Political career

Illinois Auditor General (1992-Present)



Holland was unanimously re-appointed by the Illinois General Assembly as Illinois Auditor General for a third ten-year term in 2012.[1] While both parties approved of his performance, Republicans argued that the office was unnecessary.[4]


Holland was unanimously re-appointed by the Illinois General Assembly as Illinois Auditor General for a second ten-year term on August 1, 2002.[1]


Holland was first appointed by the Illinois General Assembly as Illinois Auditor General for a ten-year term on August 1, 1992.[1]


Holland lives in Springfield. He has three children and three grandchildren.[2]

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Illinois Auditor General
1992 – Present
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