Merge Illinois Treasurer And Comptroller?

Aug 7, 2018

Darlene Senger and Jim Dodge, during their stop at RI County GOP headquarters
Credit WVIK News

Another effort is underway to combine two elected statewide offices in Illinois. Tuesday two republicans, Jim Dodge who's running for state treasurer and Darlene Senger, candidate for comptroller, brought their campaigns to merge the offices to the Quad Cities.

Dodge says the proposal was approved by the Illinois Senate several years ago, but stalled in the House. And by some estimates it would save the state about 12 million dollars a year.

"If we all agree, and the Illinois Senate agreed, we can save money and run this office better, then let's do that. Let's take a very simple question to the voters - should we combine these offices to save money, yes or no."

Senger says their goal, along with saving money, is "smaller government."

"It's just good common sense for the taxpayer, it's just good common sense for those who are running the office, and there's a lot of good efficiencies that can be done."

Dodge lives in Orland Park and is a member of the village board, while Senger is from Naperville and served 6 years in the Illinois House.

As a constitutional amendment, it would first have to be approved by the Illinois General Assembly, and then put on the ballot for a statewide vote.