By Mark Fitton
Illinois News Network
SPRINGFIELD — The list of candidates to become Illinois’ auditor general has been narrowed to four.
The Legislative Audit Commission, the bipartisan panel of legislators charged with selecting a candidate to recommend to the General Assembly, on Wednesday announced it had received 14 applications, narrowed that field to seven interviewees and has now chosen four finalists.
State Rep. Frank Mautino, D-Spring Valley. He has served in the House since 1991 and been deputy majority leader since 2011. Mautino was a member of the Legislative Audit Commission for 18 years before resigning from the panel this summer to submit his application for auditor.
Mary Modelski, division chief for internal audits for Alameda County, California. A native of Hoffman Estates, Modelski is a certified internal auditor, certified information systems auditor and certified government auditing professional.
State Rep. Elaine Nekritz, D-Northbrook. A member of the House since 2003, Nekritz has been an assistant majority leader since 2011. She is an attorney and was a partner in the law firm of Altheimer and Gray before her åelection to the House.
Larry Sanders of Marion. He is the general counsel of the Rend Lake Conservancy District and served as senior partner of Sanders & Sanders, where he represented several
Southern Illinois school districts.
“Our next auditor general will have a tough act to follow, as current Auditor General Bill Holland has built an impeccable reputation as a steward of taxpayer dollars,” audit commission co-chairman State Rep. Bob Rita, D-Blue Island, said in a news release.
Holland’s successor will be nominated by the commission, a body of a dozen legislators equally split between the chambers and the parties. The nominee will require a three-fifths vote in each chamber of the General Assembly for appointment and will receive a 10-year term upon selection.
The auditor general is the constitutional officer charged with reviewing the use of state funds.
The office reviews state agencies financial records, compliance with state and federal laws and examines program performance. The office issues about 150 reports per year.