State lawmakers pushing legislation to combine comptroller and treasurer offices

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SPRINGFIELD - Two state lawmakers are making an effort to have legislation that would combine the offices of Illinois Treasurer and Comptroller during this week's special legislative session.

The legislation was filed by state Senators Kwame Raoul and Matt Murphy in 2013, but has been stuck in committee ever since.  However, Murphy says the special session would be a perfect time to consider advancing the bill.

The state's treasurer invests state funds, while the state's comptroller is in charge of writing checks.  The idea to merge both offices into one has been around for years, but opponents of the idea say the current set-up allows the offices to maintain checks and balances of the state's fiscal matters.

Governor Pat Quinn originally called the special session for lawmakers to consider legislation that would allow for a special election to replace late Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka in 2016. 

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