Munger Joines Rauner Call For Sharp Change

New Comptroller Leslie Munger has joined Governor Rauner’s call for sharp changes in Illinois governmental policies and spending habits. A resident of the northern Chicago suburb of Lincolnshire, she is a lifelong worker in the private sector with executive experience at McKinsey & Company, Proctor & Gamble, and Helene Curtis/Unilever. She is using her private-sector experience to work to make Illinois’ finances more accessible to the public. Illinois’ financial information portal, The Ledger, is highlighted on the Comptroller’s website.

Leslie Munger took the oath of office on Monday, January 12 to replace elected Comptroller Judy Barr Topinka, who died in December 2014 before she could take the oath of office. Munger, Bruce Rauner, and Evelyn Sanguinetti were joined in statewide office by Secretary of State Jesse White, Attorney General Lisa Madigan, and Treasurer Mike Frerichs. Munger has stated her intent to run as the incumbent Comptroller in a special election to be held statewide in November 2014.

By Constitutional law, the Comptroller of Illinois is the guardian of the cash flow of the State. During times of budget crises, the Comptroller must safeguard inadequate State general revenues and allocate them to pay as many of the State’s bills as possible. All of these bills are invoices for goods and services that have already been delivered. In many cases, essential nodes of private-sector infrastructure, such as Illinois hospitals and health-care clinics, must receive cash flows from the State in a timely manner in order to remain in business.

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