Comptroller, treasurer races feature new, old faces
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.