SPRINGFIELD — With a unanimous vote, members of the Illinois House on Tuesday offered Auditor General William Holland his job for another 10 years.
Holland, whose office conducts audits of state agencies, state programs and state contracts, already has served as auditor general for 20 years.
State representatives approved his reappointment, 115-0. The appointment resolution now moves to the Illinois Senate.
Rep. Frank Mautino, D-Spring Valley, said legislative leaders "conducted a nationwide and actually worldwide search for candidates" and "had about 24 pre-qualified folks who made it through the vetting process."
Holland, who Mautino said runs "an office which is truly the honest broker, the outside set of eyes that looks at all the agencies in government," won the lawmakers' support for a third 10-year term.
"He has been invaluable to the state of Illinois," Mautino said.
House Speaker Michael Madigan noted that the office was created by the Legislature and is funded by the Legislature.
"The idea at the time of the Constitutional Convention was to provide that the auditor general would be an auditor and a check on all aspects of state governments. This happened at the convention because there had been a huge scandal in a previous office named the office of public accounts, and it was still fresh on the minds of the people at the convention," said Madigan, who was a delegate to that 1969 conclave. "We've learned here in the House the professionalism and the wisdom of Bill Holland and that office."