“Our democracy works best when voters have a direct voice in deciding who
represents them and their interests.” - State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D - Chicago Heights)

Comptroller office to be decided by voters, not politiciansSPRINGFIELD – Illinois voters, not politicians, will now have the opportunity to select a state comptroller in the 2016 election.

“Our democracy works best when voters have a direct voice in deciding who represents them and their interests,” Senator Toi Hutchinson (D – Chicago Heights) said. “Having politicians decide who will hold a statewide office for four years is inconsistent with reforms made over the past few years to make Illinois a more accountable, better-managed state.”

House Bill 4576, co-sponsored by Senator Hutchinson, passed the Senate today, setting up a 2016 election for comptroller. With the passing of Judy Baar Topinka, the legislation gives voters the chance to select a comptroller at the next general election.

Hutchinson also supports proposals to combine the responsibilities of the treasurer and comptroller, a move praised by good government groups that would save the state an estimated $12 million per year. In 2011, Hutchinson co-sponsored legislation to combine offices that passed the Senate without opposition but was never called for a vote in the House.

Since combining offices would require a constitutional amendment, voters would need to approve the idea through an election – something that couldn’t happen until 2016 at the earliest.

“Anytime we have the opportunity to make our system work more efficiently and effectively, we must act,” Hutchinson said.

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