Comp­trol­ler, trea­surer races fea­ture new, old faces

Chicago Sun-Times - - Workwacker News -

A mix of fa­mil­iar names and fresh faces are vy­ing for an op­por­tu­nity to con­trol the state’s piggy bank and check-writ­ing du­ties.

In the Demo­crat pri­mary race for state comp­trol­ler, Raja Kr­ish­namoor­thi, a for­mer deputy trea­surer, has raised more than $1 mil­lion in his bat­tle with Rep. David Miller of Dolton and at­tor­ney Clint Krislov, a for­mer can­di­date for U.S. Se­nate and at­tor­ney gen­eral.

On the Repub­li­can side, the most no­table name on the bal­lot is Judy Baar Topinka, the for­mer three­term state trea­surer who un­suc­cess­fully ran against Rod Blago­je­vich for gov­er­nor in 2006. Topinka faces Jim Dodge, an Or­land Park Vil­lage trus­tee, and William Kelly, a TV sports show host.

State Sen. Dan Ruther­ford is un­op­posed in his bid for the Repub­li­can nom­i­na­tion for state trea­surer. How­ever, the Demo­crat bal­lot is a two-horse race that will pit Robin Kelly, state Trea­surer Alexi Gian­nou­lias’ for­mer chief of staff, against busi­ness­man Justin Ober­man.

Both the of­fice of comp­trol­ler and trea­surer are open, as their cur­rent oc­cu­pants, Dan Hynes and Gian­nou­lias, re­spec­tively, are seek­ing higher of­fice.

Steve Contorno

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