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GOP candidates for Illinois treasurer and comptroller support merging offices

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Combining Illinois’ Treasurer and Comptroller offices into one has been a topic of intense debate for years.

Now, the Republican candidates for those positions want the issue on the ballot for voters to decide.

Comptroller candidate.Darlene Senger and treasurer candidate Jim Dodge say merging the offices could save Illinois $12 million. But some believe that keeping the offices separate helps eliminate the threat of embezzlement, the reason the offices were originally split decades ago.

“Let's just get this back to the taxpayer. I think the taxpayer will see the wisdom of combining offices to save money,” said Dodge.

Incumbent Comptroller Suzana Mendoza is against this idea, but Treasurer Mike Frerichs has supported it in the past.

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