Governor-elect Bruce Rauner Monday announced his selection for Illinois Comptroller, a postion in question after incumbent Judy Baar Topinka died.
Rauner selected Leslie Munger, (R-Lincolnshire), to fill the post beginning on January 12.
“No one can ever replace Judy Baar Topinkia, but Leslie is the perfect candidate to continue building on Judy’s legacy,” Gov.-elect Rauner said. “Leslie has always been laser focused on fiscal and economic issues, and as Comptroller, she will do everything within her power to help fix our state’s broken finances.”
Munger, a career businesswoman awith an MBA from Northwestern, first ran for state office in 2014 when she lost the 59th district to Carol Sente.
“I am deeply honored to become Illinois’ next Comptroller and humbly look forward to serving all the people of Illinois,” Munger said in a statement. “I’ll be a guardian of their money and a watchdog for Illinois’ finances. Our state is in terrible financial shape, and I’ll do everything I can to help turn things around.”
Both Rauner and Munger favor "Judy's Amendment," a bill that would combine the state's comptroller and treasurer offices.
“I’m not interested in a political career; only on doing what is best for the state we all love and want to make great again,” Munger added. “With that in mind, I will relentlessly advocate that the General Assembly put a Constitutional amendment on the 2016 ballot to merge the Comptroller’s office with the Treasurer’s office. That’s what Judy wanted, and the people deserve the opportunity to vote on it. I would look forward to helping eliminate the very office to which I was appointed.”
Rauner will be inaugurated next week in Springfield.