With the state treasurer running for governor, there are candidates lined up to be the next to hold that office.
State Sen. Michael Frerichs (D-Champaign) is getting his campaign under way with some campaign announcement events today Wednesday. He says he’s qualified for the position.
“A No. 1 priority in this office is to be an effective manager of our state’s investments. I am the only candidate in this race who is a certified public finance officer. I think we need to have real experience, financial experience, in the treasurer’s office,” he said.
Frerichs served as Champaign County auditor before being elected to the Illinois Senate in 2006.
Frerichs also accused incumbent Republican Dan Rutherford of injecting politics into the office for sending a glossy, taxpayer-funded brochure touting Rutherford’s accomplishments to 850 recipients in 2011, 723 of whom were donors to his campaign. Rutherford called this a coincidence. Also in 2011, the treasurer’s office gave employees of the treasurer’s office a heads-up on a $250 matching program; by the time the general public got wind of it, there was little money left in the promotion.. Rutherford says he didn’t know about that.
On the Republican side, there’s a primary involving State Rep. Tom Cross (R-Oswego), the former Illinois House minority leader, and DuPage County auditor Bob Grogan.