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 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.
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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.