A recent statement issued by Attorney General Lisa Madigan found that two appointments are necessary to fill both the unexpired term and the upcoming term of the late Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka. The Attorney General found that while Governor Pat Quinn has the authority and responsibility to choose a successor for the current unexpired term, upon taking office on January 12 Governor-elect Bruce Rauner has the authority and responsibility to name the Comptroller for the four-year term Topinka was just elected to serve.
The Attorney General’s legal analysis backs up the findings of an internal Senate Republican review of the issue. The Attorney General’s legal analysis was based on a review of the Illinois Constitution and statutes, as well as the official documents related to the adoptions of the Constitution.
The Attorney General went on to encourage the General Assembly to move forward with legislation that would allow the voting public to select a new Comptroller during the next scheduled statewide election in 2016.
The Attorney General’s statement can be found here.