The job title “auditor general” sounds dry, but the person in that job is receiving undisputed accolades as he attempts to be appointed to a third 10-year term. William G. Holland says nobody could have foreseen in 2002 that he’d be near the center of the scandals which removed former Gov. Rod Blagojevich from office. Of the last 10 years, Holland said, “Against long odds, at times, we persevered. We simply did our job. We did this despite both subtle rebukes and outright opposition. Audit reports released by my office were among the first indicators of significant problems with the Blagojevich administration.”


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State Rep. Dwight Kay (R-Glen Carbon) says his friends who are lawmakers in other states say Holland is an important resource: “Illinois is perceived to have the best auditor general in the nation,” he said.

State Rep. Frank Mautino (D-Spring Valley), who presented the appointment resolution to a committee, said there were 24 applicants, some from outside the U. S.

HJR 84 has passed the House State Government Administration Committee.