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GEORGE W. BUSH
President of the United States
George W. Bush (Republican) is the 43rd President of the United States. He was
sworn into office in January 2001, after a campaign in which he outlined sweeping propos-
als to reform America’s public schools, modernize Social Security and Medicare, transform
our national defense, provide tax relief, and encourage faith-based and community organi-
zations to work with government to help Americans in need. He was re-elected to a second
term on Nov. 2, 2004.
Since taking office, President Bush has worked with Congress to create an ownership
society and build a future of security, prosperity and opportunity for all Americans. He
signed into law tax relief measures that help workers keep more of their hard-earned
money, as well as the most comprehensive education reforms in a generation — the No
Child Left Behind Act of 2001. This legislation is ushering in a new era of accountability,
flexibility, local control and more choices for parents, affirming our nation’s fundamental
belief in the promise of every child.
President Bush also has worked to improve health care and modernize Medicare, pro-
viding the first-ever prescription drug benefits for seniors; increase homeownership, espe-
cially among minorities; conserve our environment; and increase our military strength, pay
and benefits. Since the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, President Bush has taken
unprecedented steps to protect our homeland while promoting a world free of terror.
Before being elected President of the United States, Bush served six years as the 46th
Governor of Texas, where he earned a reputation as a compassionate conservative who
shapes public policy based on the principles of limited government, personal responsibili-
ty, strong families and local control. He became the first Texas Governor to be elected to
consecutive four-year terms in November 1998.
President Bush was born July 6, 1946, in New Haven, CT, and grew up in Midland and
Houston, TX. He received his bachelor’s degree from Yale University in 1968 then served
as an F-102 pilot for the Texas Air National Guard. He received his M.B.A. from Harvard
Business School in 1975 and began a career in the energy business in Midland, where he
worked until 1986. After working on his father’s successful 1988 presidential campaign, he
assembled a group of partners that purchased the Texas Rangers baseball franchise in 1989,
where he served as managing general partner until being elected Governor in November
President Bush is married to Laura Welch Bush, a former teacher and librarian, and
they have twin daughters, Barbara and Jenna.
Web site: www.whitehouse.gov
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RICHARD B. CHENEY
Vice President of the United States
Richard B. Cheney (Republican) was elected Vice President of the United States in
November 2001, and was re-elected to a second term under the Bush administration in
Vice President Cheney has had a distinguished career as a businessman and public ser-
vant serving four Presidents and as an elected official. Throughout his career, Cheney has
demonstrated duty, honor and unwavering leadership, gaining him the respect of the
American people during trying military times.
Cheney was born in Lincoln, NE, on Jan. 30, 1941, and grew up in Casper, WY. He
earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Wyoming. His career in public
service began in 1969 when he joined the Nixon administration, serving in a number of
positions at the Cost of Living Council, the Office of Economic Opportunity and in the
When Gerald Ford assumed the presidency in August 1974, Cheney served on the
transition team and later as deputy assistant to the President. In November 1975, he was
named assistant to the President and White House chief of staff, a position he held
throughout the remainder of the Ford administration.
After he returned to his home state of Wyoming in 1977, Cheney was elected to serve
as the state’s sole Representative in Congress. He was re-elected five times and elected by
his colleagues to serve as chair of the Republican Policy Committee from 1981 to 1987. He
was elected chair of the House Republican Conference in 1987 and elected House Minority
Whip in 1988. During his tenure in the House, Cheney earned a reputation as a man of
knowledge, character and accessibility.
Cheney also served a crucial role when America needed him most. As Secretary of
Defense from March 1989 to January 1993 during the first Bush administration, Cheney
directed two of the largest military campaigns in recent history — Operation Just Cause in
Panama and Operation Desert Storm in the Persian Gulf. He was responsible for shaping
the future of the U.S. military in an age of profound and rapid change as the Cold War
ended. For his leadership in the Gulf War, Cheney was awarded the Presidential Medal of
Freedom by President George H.W. Bush in July 1991.
Vice President Cheney and his wife, Lynne Ann, have two grown daughters, Elizabeth
and Mary, three granddaughters and three grandsons.
Web site: www.whitehouse.gov
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RICHARD J. DURBIN
United States Senator
Dick Durbin (Democrat) is the 47th U.S. Senator from the State of Illinois and the first
Illinois Senator to serve on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee in more than a quar-
ter of a century. He is the state’s senior senator and convener of the bipartisan Illinois del-
egation. Elected in 1996 and re-elected in 2002, Durbin filled the seat left vacant by the
retirement of his longtime friend and mentor, U.S. Sen. Paul Simon.
In 2004, Durbin was elected Minority Whip and was elected in December 2006 to the
post of Assistant Majority Leader (Majority Whip), the Senate’s second highest ranking posi-
tion. His election to leadership marked only the fifth time in history that an Illinois Senator
has served as a Senate leader.
The House author of landmark legislation to ban smoking on commercial airline
flights, Durbin also has fought to protect children from the harmful effects of tobacco. For
his work, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Lung
Association. He also has worked to increase federal funding to prevent childhood asthma,
increase immunizations, and expand medical research.
On other health matters, Durbin has led the effort to ban ephedra, a dangerous prod-
uct sold as a nutritional supplement, and worked to consolidate and modernize the federal
food safety system under one agency. He pushed to increase the share of federal funding
dedicated to combating AIDS worldwide and has been a leader in promoting organ/tissue
A staunch supporter of gun safety, Durbin introduced legislation that holds adults
responsible if they fail to lock up their firearms and the guns are subsequently used by a child
to kill or injure another person. He also teamed up with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and
Firearms and local law enforcement agencies to launch an initiative to make Illinois the first
state to voluntarily trace every gun recovered from a crime scene.
Durbin has been a champion of Illinois farmers and has worked to promote ethanol
use. In 1998, he secured passage of a provision extending the ethanol tax incentive to 2007.
In 2000, he helped secure funding for an ethanol research pilot plant near the Southern
Illinois University-Edwardsville campus, a project he has promoted since the early 1990s.
The full deductibility of health insurance costs for the self-employed, including farmers, has
been a career-long passion for Durbin and culminated in a victory in 2003.
Durbin’s tax cut agenda includes tax credits for small businesses buying health insur-
ance for low-income workers, estate tax relief for family-owned small businesses and farms,
and tax credits for long-term care insurance, child care and college tuition.
In 2000, Durbin served as co-chair of the Democratic Platform Committee and also
was co-chair of the Atlantic Conference, sponsored by the Chicago Council on Foreign
Relations. He is a founding member of the Senate Global AIDS Caucus.
Durbin was born Nov. 21, 1944, in East St. Louis. He attended Georgetown University
where he received his bachelor’s degree in foreign service and economics in 1966 and his J.D.
degree in 1969. He was first elected to Congress in November 1982 to represent the 20th
Sen. Durbin and his wife, Loretta, reside in Springfield. They have three children and
Web site: www.durbin.senate.gov
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United States Senator
Barack Obama (Democrat) became the fifth African-American U.S. Senator in history
when he was elected by an overwhelming majority on Nov. 2, 2004.
Obama has dedicated his life to public service as a community organizer, civil rights
attorney and leader in the Illinois State Senate, where he served for eight years. He contin-
ues his fight for working families in Illinois and throughout the country in the U.S. Senate.
Obama currently serves on several committees including Health, Education, Labor and
Pensions; Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs; Veterans’ Affairs; and Foreign
In the U.S. Senate, Barack Obama has focused on tackling the challenges of a global-
ized, 21st-century world with fresh thinking and a politics that no longer settles for the low-
est common denominator. Recognizing the terrorist threat posed by weapons of mass
destruction, he traveled to Russia to begin a new generation of non-proliferation efforts
designed to find and secure deadly weapons around the world. Knowing the threats to our
economy and security as a result of America’s addiction to oil, he’s working to bring auto
companies, unions, farmers, businesses and politicians of both parties together to promote
the greater use of alternative fuels and higher fuel standards in cars. He also has been the
lead voice in championing ethics reform that would root out corruption in Congress.
Whether it’s the poverty exposed by Katrina, the genocide in Darfur, or the role of faith in
our politics, Barack Obama continues to lead on the issues that will define America in the
Obama was born Aug. 4, 1961, in Hawaii. He graduated from Columbia University in
1983 and moved to Chicago in 1985 to work as a community organizer in poor neighbor-
hoods plagued with crime and high unemployment. In 1991, he graduated from Harvard
Law School, where he was the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review.
Sen. Obama and his wife, Michelle, have two daughters, Malia and Sasha. They reside
on Chicago’s south side.
Web site: www.obama.senate.gov
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ROD R. BLAGOJEVICH
Rod R. Blagojevich (Democrat) was elected Illinois’ 40th Governor in November
2002, and re-elected Nov. 7, 2006. During his term as Governor, Blagojevich has enacted
important changes that expanded access to health care, improved education, bolstered pub-
lic safety and spurred growth in Illinois’ economy.
Due to Blagojevich’s vision and efforts, Illinois became the first state in the nation to
make affordable health insurance available to all children under the award-winning All Kids
program. By 2007, more than 600,000 additional people had health care coverage thanks to
programs like All Kids, and he is committed to expanding access to health care for all
Illinoisans in his second term in office. Blagojevich also has raised the eligibility for Family
Care to provide low-income working parents with adequate health care, and launched
Illinois Cares Rx, which protects Illinois seniors from shortfalls in the federal Medicare Part
Gov. Blagojevich has made education a top priority, investing $3.8 billion in new fund-
ing for Illinois schools during his first term, more than any other administration in Illinois
history. In addition, he established Preschool for All, which will offer free, high-quality pre-
school to all three-and four-year olds, starting with those most at-risk of academic failure.
Because of his dedication to early childhood education, funding for preschool has gone up
75 percent over the past five years, providing 35,000 at-risk children the opportunity to get
a head start on a good education.
Illinois’ economy has made steady progress since Blagojevich took office. He twice
won legislative approval to raise Illinois’ minimum wage, bringing it to $6.50 per hour by
2005 and increasing to $8.25 an hour by 2010. In addition, the state has invested more than
$60 million to advance the skills of more than 230,000 Illinois workers at nearly 4,700 com-
panies through a vital workforce training program to ensure that Illinois employees have
relevant skills both today and in the future. Illinois has added 150,000 new jobs in the past
three years — the best record in the Midwest — and has the lowest unemployment rate in
Illinois history according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
Blagojevich’s public safety initiatives are far-reaching, taking extra steps to protect
Illinoisans from homeland security threats, identity theft and hate crimes. During his first
term, he launched a new Internet Crimes Unit dedicated to combating online crime, hired
320 new frontline Illinois State Troopers, and created the Gun Trafficking Unit, a new
effort to stop the flow of illegal guns into Illinois.
Blagojevich was born Dec. 10, 1956, on the northwest side of Chicago. He graduated
from Northwestern University in 1979, and earned his law degree from Pepperdine
University in 1983. He was elected to the Illinois General Assembly in 1992 and to the U.S.
House of Representatives in 1996, where he served until elected Governor. He and his
wife, Patti, have two young daughters, Amy and Annie.
Web site: www.illinois.gov
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Pat Quinn (Democrat) has served the people of Illinois — both as a citizen and as a
public official — for more than a quarter century. Since 1975, he has organized grassroots
petition drives, collecting more than 4 million signatures for tax reform, consumer protec-
tion laws, and measures giving citizens a stronger voice in government. He was elected
Lieutenant Governor in 2002 and re-elected in November 2006.
As Lieutenant Governor, Quinn serves as an advocate for consumers, taxpayers and
military men and women and their families. His office also administers several programs that
foster a cleaner environment and encourage economic development in historic business dis-
tricts and rural communities.
Lt. Gov. Quinn has several defined duties, including serving as chair of the Illinois River
Coordinating Council, the Illinois Delegation to the Great Lakes Commission, the
Governor’s Rural Affairs Council, the Illinois Main Street Advisory Council, the Illinois
Green Government Coordinating Council and the Broadband Deployment Council.
In 2001, Quinn walked 167 miles across Illinois, from the Mississippi River to Lake
Michigan, to promote the Bernardin Amendment, which called for decent health care for
everyone. Since then, the Office of the Lieutenant Governor has created the Walk Across
Illinois program, an online health initiative encouraging adults and children in Illinois to walk
at least 167 miles over the course of a year. As of July 2007, participants in Walk Across
Illinois had logged more than 1 million miles.
In 2003, Quinn led the successful citizen movement to establish the Illinois Military
Family Relief Fund, which provides financial assistance to families of National Guard
members and reservists called to active duty. His office also maintains
www.OperationHomefront.org, which offers information to military personnel, their
families, and civilians seeking opportunities to support our troops.
Quinn served as State Treasurer from 1991 through 1995 and won passage of the
Illinois Whistleblower Reward and Protection Act, a landmark bill empowering taxpayers to
file lawsuits to root out fraud and waste in state government. A longtime consumer advo-
cate, Quinn launched the 1983 drive to create the Citizens Utility Board, a statewide mem-
bership organization that supports safe, reliable and affordable utility service. Since then,
Quinn has remained in the forefront of efforts to prevent heat shut-offs in the winter, to
reduce monthly service charges imposed by utilities, and to battle against rate increases for
In 1980, he organized the Cutback Amendment to reduce the size of the Illinois
General Assembly — the first and only Illinois constitutional amendment ever adopted by
Born in 1948 and raised in Hinsdale, Quinn graduated from Fenwick High School,
Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and Northwestern University School of
Law. He was elected commissioner of the Cook County Board of (Tax) Appeals in 1982 and
served as the city of Chicago’s revenue director. He is the author of How to Appeal Your
Property Taxes...Without a Lawyer.
Quinn has two sons and maintains residences in Chicago and Springfield.
Web site: www.StandingUpForIllinois.org
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Lisa Madigan (Democrat) was elected the 41st Illinois Attorney General on Nov. 5,
2002, becoming the first woman to hold this constitutional office. She was re-elected on
Nov. 7, 2006, earning the largest vote total of any statewide candidate.
Attorney General Madigan has dedicated the energy and resources of her office to pro-
tecting communities from sexual predators, educating children and parents on the dangers
of the Internet, safeguarding consumers against fraud and unsafe products, leading the pub-
lic’s fight for open government and restoring integrity to Illinois’ gambling industry.
Madigan has implemented numerous, proactive law enforcement strategies to protect
communities from sex offenders. Her office leads a statewide law enforcement task force to
investigate and prosecute online child exploitation. In 2003, she created a statewide law
enforcement team to improve the state’s sex offender registry and enforce compliance with
To protect Illinois communities and stop the spread of methamphetamine, Madigan
won passage of legislation to curb access to the ingredients needed to make this dangerous
drug, and developed training programs for prosecutors and law enforcement officers to suc-
cessfully prosecute meth criminals. Madigan also successfully argued before the U.S.
Supreme Court to uphold the ability of police officers to use specially trained dogs to detect
illegal drugs during traffic stops and in turn fight the spread of drugs in Illinois.
Madigan’s efforts to protect Illinois consumers include filing lawsuits to stop fraudu-
lent practices and recover losses on behalf of consumers, mediating complaints, and educat-
ing the public on emerging scams and product recalls. She also initiated an identity theft hot
line to help consumers protect and repair their credit, and has worked aggressively to pro-
tect homebuyers from the devastating impacts of mortgage fraud.
Attorney General Madigan champions stronger consumer product safety, calling on the
federal Consumer Product Safety Commission to increase efforts to protect the public from
dangerous products and testifying at a congressional hearing on the recall of dangerous toys.
She also testified before Congress to urge the federal government to protect consumer pri-
vacy by prohibiting the sale of cell phone records.
Because of Madigan’s interest in making government more open and accessible, her
office provides many office documents in multiple languages and also offers a Spanish-lan-
guage telephone hot line. Madigan created a team of public access counselors to ensure that
public bodies conduct business openly and provide the public with access to information.
In 2005, Madigan received the John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award, an honor pre-
sented annually to an elected official whose contributions in office demonstrate the impact
of public service in the spirit of John F. Kennedy. Caroline Kennedy Shlossberg, in present-
ing the award, recognized Madigan as “an inspiration to all young Americans who share my
father’s belief that one person can make a difference and everyone should try.”
Before her election as Attorney General, Madigan served in the Illinois Senate and
worked as a litigator for a Chicago law firm. Prior to becoming an attorney, she worked as a
teacher and community advocate, developing after-school programs to help kids stay away
from drugs and gangs. Madigan also volunteered as a high school teacher in South Africa
during apartheid. Madigan received her bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and
her J.D. degree from Loyola University Law School. She and her husband, Pat Byrnes, have
Web site: www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov
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Secretary of State
Jesse White (Democrat) was first elected Secretary of State in 1998 and re-elected in
2002 by winning all 102 counties and garnering more than 2.3 million votes. On Nov. 7,
2006, White was re-elected to a third term, receiving 63 percent of the vote statewide. He is
the first African-American to serve as Secretary of State.
White has brought integrity and innovation to the Secretary of State’s office. He man-
aged the largest distribution of new license plates in state history, fought for tougher DUI
laws, reformed the Commercial Driver’s License program, overhauled the Parking Program
for Persons with Disabilities and created the office’s first online services. White also
strengthened his Inspector General’s office, giving it more investigative authority.
Because motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among people ages 15
to 20, Secretary White initiated a new law in 2006 that doubled the number of supervised
hours teens must drive before getting a driver’s license. He also commissioned the Teen
Driver Safety Task Force, which issued a report recommending nine changes to Illinois’
Graduated Driver Licensing law. Based on those recommendations, White introduced leg-
islation which was overwhelmingly approved by lawmakers and signed by the Governor in
August 2007. This comprehensive new initiative has been lauded by national traffic safety
experts as one of the strongest programs in the nation.
In 2007, White’s office unveiled newly designed Illinois drivers’ licenses and ID cards
with enhanced security features. The design incorporates multiple layers of security, as well
as an inventory control mechanism that ensures Illinois driver’s licenses and ID cards will
remain among the most secure in the nation. White also initiated legislation aimed at pre-
venting businesses from misusing information obtained from a patron’s Illinois driver’s
license or ID card.
The Secretary of State’s Organ/Tissue Donor Program also is a model for other states.
White’s successful first-person consent legislation, effective January 2006, created the new
Organ/Tissue Donor Registry (www.LifeGoesOn.com), making a person’s wishes to be a
donor legally binding. Family consent is no longer required for donation to occur.
White’s other initiatives include Project Next Generation, the first-ever statewide men-
toring program. Administered through Illinois libraries, the program provides a mix of tech-
nology experiences and life skills for junior high students to set them on the path to success.
He also successfully spearheaded legislation to improve investor protection and increase
penalties for unscrupulous securities dealers.
Prior to becoming Secretary of State, White served in the Illinois General Assembly for
16 years and served as Cook County Recorder of Deeds from 1992 to 1998. In 1959, he
founded the internationally known Jesse White Tumbling Team and has spent the last 48
years working with the team to help keep at-risk youth in school and drug-free.
White earned his B.S. degree in 1957 from Alabama State College (now Alabama State
University). He served our country as a paratrooper in the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne
Division and as a member of the Illinois National Guard. He also played professional base-
ball with the Chicago Cubs organization, followed by a 33-year career as a teacher and
administrator with Chicago public schools. Born in Alton in 1934, White now lives on
Chicago’s near-north side.
Web site: www.cyberdriveillinois.com
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DANIEL W. HYNES
Daniel W. Hynes (Democrat) is serving his third term as State Comptroller. As the
state’s chief fiscal officer, Hynes, 39, has made government more accountable to the citi-
zens of Illinois and has been outspoken in pursuit of wasteful spending. On matters of eth-
ical leadership and governance, he has led both by legislative action and personal example.
Hynes has focused his administration on consumer and taxpayer advocacy, govern-
ment accountability, and long-term budget reform. His bill protecting 375,000 Illinois
workers from punitive new federal overtime rules was signed into law. He also successfully
blocked a foreign firm from receiving payment for flu vaccines it did not deliver. Hynes
sponsored successful legislation that prohibits tax scofflaws and corporations involved in
financial crimes from getting state contracts. He also strengthened the state’s debt collec-
tion efforts, more than doubling monies collected through the Comptroller’s offset system.
Hynes’ efforts to secure state funding for stem cell research culminated in the creation
of the Illinois Regenerative Medicine Institute, which has awarded $15 million in grants to
medical research facilities. The initiative made Illinois the first state in the Midwest to com-
mit public funds for this lifesaving effort.
He fought for reforms that reduce the ability of campaign contributors to obtain state
contracts, and made his office subject to the restrictions immediately. In 2007, he received
the Abraham Lincoln Ethics Award from the Executive Ethics Commission for exemplary
adherence to the principles of integrity, fairness and public service.
The Rainy Day Fund implemented by Hynes helps ensure that the state can meet its
financial obligations during economic hard times and revenue slow-downs. Legislation
drafted by Hynes and signed into law generated a permanent revenue source for the fund,
establishing a strong budgetary reserve in prosperous times and creating greater accounta-
bility by paying down unpaid liabilities.
As regulator of private cemeteries and funeral homes in the state, Hynes spearheaded
bipartisan passage of the most sweeping consumer protection reforms of those industries
in 25 years. He toughened oversight of crematories and initiated legal actions resulting in
restitution for hundreds of defrauded funeral home customers. He also created a toll-free
cemetery hotline at 1-877-203-3401, advocated legislation that doubled the plot allowance
benefit for veteran burials, and sponsored the cleanup of dozens of neglected cemeteries
across the state.
Comptroller Hynes’ commitment to openness and accountability has led to extensive
information sharing on his office’s Web site, in both English and Spanish, about the work-
ings of state government. His Public Accountability Project offers a comprehensive view
of what each government program is intended to accomplish and whether it has met its
goals. A featured program on the Web site helps taxpayers determine if they are among
those owed more than $20 million in uncashed state income tax refund checks.
Before taking office, Hynes was a health care attorney for a Chicago law firm. He grad-
uated magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in economics
and computer applications, and earned his J.D. degree with honors from Loyola University
School of Law. A native of Chicago, he and his wife, Christina Kerger, M.D., have three
sons, Charlie, Liam and Finn.
Web site: www.ioc.state.il.us
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At the age of 30, Alexi Giannoulias (Democrat) became the youngest State Treasurer
in the nation when he was elected to office on Nov. 7, 2006.
A former community banker, Giannoulias uses his financial expertise and business
acumen to employ innovative investment strategies to get a better rate of return on the $17
billion in taxpayer dollars that his office is responsible for investing on a daily basis.
Shortly after taking office, Giannoulias overhauled the state’s Bright Start College
Savings Program, allowing families to earn more money for their children’s college tuition.
His proposed changes will make Bright Start one of the most competitive tax-exempt col-
lege tuition programs in the nation, with better performing funds and lower costs so more
children can earn a college degree.
In July 2007, Giannoulias launched the nation’s largest state-funded rebate for hybrid
vehicles. The Green Rewards program gives $1,000 cash back to Illinois residents who pur-
chase a new hybrid or other fuel-efficient vehicle.
Giannoulias also is improving the way Illinois auctions its unclaimed property. The
Treasurer’s office started a pilot program in 2007 to sell the abandoned contents of safe
deposit boxes on eBay and scrapped the state’s less efficient annual live auctions. The week-
ly online auctions have driven up sale prices and attracted a worldwide audience, resulting
in increased revenue for property owners and the state.
In his inaugural address, Giannoulias promised to make government more accountable
and efficient. As his first official act as Treasurer, Giannoulias signed his own executive
order to enact the most comprehensive, widest-ranging ethics package of any elected offi-
cial in the state. The order prohibits him from accepting contributions from banks,
Treasurer’s office employees and contractors who do business with the office.
To make the state’s investments more transparent, Giannoulias crafted legislation that
was signed into law, requiring him and future treasurers to post monthly investment updates
as a means of holding the state more accountable for its investments.
Treasurer Giannoulias also is helping farmers keep pace with the rising costs of doing
business. He has pledged a record $4 billion in low-interest agriculture loans over the next
four years, the largest amount ever earmarked by the Treasurer’s office and more than any
other state in the nation. He doubled the amount available to farmers for long-term proj-
ects based on feedback from loan program users.
Prior to taking office, Giannoulias served as vice president and senior loan officer at
Broadway Bank in Chicago’s Edgewater community.
Giannoulias grew up in Chicago, graduated cum laude from Boston University and
earned his law degree from Tulane University’s School of Law in New Orleans. He found-
ed and chairs the AG Foundation, a not-for-profit charity that donates money to treat child-
hood related illnesses, curb poverty and assist disaster relief organizations.
Web site: www.state.il.us/treas
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WILLIAM G. HOLLAND
William G. Holland was nominated by the 87th General Assembly as Illinois’ second
Auditor General. His term commenced in August 1992, and he was unanimously reappoint-
ed to a second 10-year term in August 2002.
Holland began his government career as a legislative intern with the House Majority
staff in 1974. In 1976, he was appointed director of the House Majority Appropriations
In 1980, Holland was appointed the first director of the Illinois General Assembly’s
Washington office. Under his leadership, a professional, bipartisan office was created to act
as an advocate for the Illinois General Assembly in its dealings with Congress, executive
agencies of the federal government, and national organizations such as the National Con-
ference of State Legislatures.
From 1983 to 1992, Holland served as chief of staff for the president of the Illinois
Senate. In that position, his responsibilities included managing a professional staff, guiding
bills through the legislative process, representing the majority party on key issues, and
responding to the concerns of legislators, state agencies, constituents and interest groups.
Holland is a member of the National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers and
Treasurers, where he serves on the Training and Professional Development Committee, and
a member and past president of the National State Auditors’ Association (NSAA), current-
ly serving on several of its permanent committees. He also serves on the Government
Accountability Office Domestic Working Group appointed by the U.S. Comptroller
Under Holland’s leadership, the Auditor General’s office was recognized with the
NSAA Excellence in Accountability Award for management audits of the Illinois Tollway
Authority and the Rend Lake Conservancy District. The office also received the IMPACT
Award from the National Legislative Program Evaluation Society for audits released during
each of the past four years. The award is given annually for audit reports that demonstrate
significant dollar savings, program improvements, and impact from legislative and public
perspectives. The Auditor General’s office has received unqualified opinions from a nation-
al, peer review group during each of its triennial reviews conducted in 1996, 1999, 2002 and
In 1991, Holland was given the honor of membership in the inaugural class of the
Samuel K. Gove Illinois Legislative Internship Hall of Fame. In 2001, he was awarded the
Motorola Excellence in Public Service Award, given annually to a non-elected public offi-
cial who has improved the lives of citizens through leadership, teamwork and innovation.
In 2007, he was awarded the William R. Snodgrass Leadership Award by the National State
Auditors’ Association for his distinctive leadership and contributions on state government
Holland graduated from Seattle University, Seattle, WA. He is active with the United
Way and the State Employees’ Combined Appeal Program. He has three children and
resides in Springfield.
Web site: www.state.il.us/auditor
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Honorable George W. Bush
President of the United States
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Washington, D.C. 20500
Honorable Richard Cheney
Vice President of the United States
The Capitol, S-212
Washington, D.C. 20500
U.S. Senator Richard J. Durbin
230 S. Dearborn St., Ste. 3892 309 Hart Senate Bldg.
Chicago, IL 60604 Washington, D.C. 20510
(312) 353-4952 (202) 224-2152
U.S. Senator Barack Obama
230 S. Dearborn St., Ste. 3900 713 Hart Senate Bldg.
Chicago, IL 60604 Washington, D.C. 20510
(312) 886-3506 (202) 224-2854
Governor Rod R. Blagojevich
207 State House 100 W. Randolph, Ste. 16-100
Springfield, IL 62706-1150 Chicago, IL 60601-3220
(217) 782-6830 (312) 814-2121
Lieutenant Governor Pat Quinn
214 State House 100 W. Randolph, Ste. 15-200
Springfield, IL 62706-1350 Chicago, IL 60601-3220
(217) 782-7884 (312) 814-5220
Attorney General Lisa Madigan
500 S. Second St. 100 W. Randolph, 12th Fl.
Springfield, IL 62706-1771 Chicago, IL 60601-3218
(217) 782-1090 (312) 814-3000
Secretary of State Jesse White
213 State House 100 W. Randolph, Ste. 5-400
Springfield, IL 62706-0001 Chicago, IL 60601-3273
(217) 782-2201 (312) 814-6165
Comptroller Daniel W. Hynes
201 State House 100 W. Randolph, Ste. 15-500
Springfield, IL 62706-1001 Chicago, IL 60601-3252
(217) 782-6000 (312) 814-2451
Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias
219 State House 100 W. Randolph, Ste. 15-600
Springfield, IL 62706-1000 Chicago, IL 60601-3232
(217) 782-2211 (312) 814-1700
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