Governor-elect Bruce Rauner announced Monday that he will appoint Leslie Geissler Munger of Lincolnshire to fill the vacancy in the comptroller’s office that will occur on Jan. 12.
A career businesswoman with an undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois and an M.B.A. from Northwestern, Munger made her first run for state office last year, falling short of defeating an incumbent state representative by just 1349 votes in the Democrat-leaning 59th district.
Following the death of Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, Gov. Pat Quinn appointed long-time aide Jerry Stermer to the position. Stermer agreed to voluntarily resign on Jan. 12, allowing Rauner to appoint whoever he likes to fill at least part of the term.
Quinn has made it clear he wants a special election to choose Topinka’s successor.
Rauner and Munger, however, endorse “Judy’s Amendment,” which would merge the comptroller’s and treasurer’s offices, an idea long advocated for by Judy Baar Topinka.
“A first step towards delivering greater efficiency and reform for Illinois taxpayers is to merge the offices of Comptroller and Treasurer,” Rauner said in a news release. “That is something that Leslie and I both support and believe should be the legislature’s focus in the days and weeks ahead. Rather than a special election for a short-term appointment, next year’s ballot should include a Constitutional amendment to merge the offices. That would be a long-term answer that will result in greater value for taxpayers. It would pass, and when it does, Leslie would be able to immediately begin work on winding down and merging the offices. That’s the right path to take and in the best interest of Illinoisans.”
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