For Immediate Release – August 27, 2013
With CPA experience, Bob Grogan running for State Treasurer
DuPage Auditor praised for commitment to transparent government
Du Quoin – Saying it is time for Illinois to elect its first CPA as State Treasurer, DuPage County Auditor Bob Grogan is formally announcing his candidacy today in the Republican primary election.
“We need a financial professional watching over our tax dollars,” Grogan declared. “If you were hiring a treasurer for your business, you would look for someone with financial expertise. Doesn’t it make sense for the State of Illinois to do the same?”
“Those who have been making decisions in Springfield have failed us. The practices of the past have led us to lost jobs, the brink of bankruptcy and a government that serves career politicians. I’ll work to change that.”
Grogan pointed to his record as Auditor, where he has led in the field of transparency and in efforts to root out misspending and fraud.
Grogan has traveled to more than 40 counties throughout Illinois in the past six months, listening to citizen concerns.
“The message I am hearing is clear,” he said. “People want someone trustworthy and qualified to watch over their money.”
Grogan has been twice elected Auditor of DuPage County, the second largest county in Illinois, with a population of almost one million people. In addition to being a CPA, he is also a Certified Fraud Examiner.
In his private sector experience, he has conducted and directed audits of pension plans, non-profit corporations, and governments. He also helped those clients improve operational efficiency and internal controls.
Grogan also has been committed to community service. Among his efforts, he has taught ESL, is past president of United Way of the DuPage Area and currently serves on the Board of Directors of a local council of the Boy Scouts.
Media outlets and good government advocates have praised Grogan for his innovations in transparency and accountability. As an editorial stated (Jan. 15, 2009, Daily Herald), Grogan is “providing a level of transparency in government that we haven’t seen before. Grogan has posted the county’s monthly expenditures on line, which is tantamount to opening the county’s checkbook for the world to see.”
Grogan also created an Audit Hotline that has given citizens an effective way to help fight fraud, waste and abuse. Numerous tips through the hotline have led to discipline, convictions and policy changes.