I ask readers to take a closer look at the Illinois Comptroller’s race this year, because there is something very different about it this time around. There is actually a qualified candidate running for the position!
My name is Julie Fox. I come to the Comptroller’s race with financial experience in both the public and private sectors. I am a Certified Public Accountant. I have worked as a Controller in the private sector for over 12 years. I am also the former Treasurer of the Dundee Township Library District Board. I am the only CPA running for Comptroller. In fact, I am the only accountant running for this top accounting position in the state!
While it’s not inappropriate for Comptroller candidates to discuss how they would reduce state spending, their main focus should be on what they can do to make the Comptroller’s office run more efficiently and effectively. The Comptroller does not determine how the money is spent, rather, the Comptroller’s main duties are reporting state revenues and expenditures, signing checks, and managing the books.
I am the only Comptroller candidate who is focusing directly on the duties of the Comptroller’s office and how they can be improved upon. I am the only candidate with an auditing background who has experience working with financial controls and can ensure that we have such controls set up in the Comptroller’s office to reduce the risk of fraud and waste. I am the only Comptroller candidate with a background in accounting software management, experience that will help ensure we set up our systems so that the Comptroller’s office is no longer producing checks that are not worth the paper they are printed on.
I am the only candidate for Comptroller with expertise in financial reporting in both the private and public sectors. I am the only one who can – and will – expose the inadequacies and inaccuracies of the state’s current system of financial reporting. I will work in whatever way I can to make sure that Illinois residents are receiving an accurate view of the state’s current financial position through the Comptroller’s office. I am also the only candidate who can work independently, owing no allegiance to members of either major political party.
The Comptroller doesn’t determine policy, so why is that the only thing my Republican and Democratic opponents are talking about? The answer is simple — that’s all they know to talk about!
The Comptroller’s position, similar to those of Treasurer, Secretary of State, and Attorney General, is a job in the public sector and it should be treated as such. We expect our Attorney General to be an attorney. We should expect our Comptroller to be an accountant!
Libertarian Candidate for Illinois Comptroller