Endorsement: Bob Grogan for DuPage County auditor.
During his three terms as DuPage County auditor, Bob Grogan has regularly looked to innovate.
The Downers Grove Republican was the first auditor in Illinois to put a county checkbook online. He also was the first to create a transparency portal and an audit hotline.
His opponent in November -- Democrat William "Bill" White of Downers Grove -- says the auditor's office needs a leader who can work with both sides of the aisle, especially if Democrats gain control of the county board in the election.
As an attorney who has served on the Community High School District 99 school board and on the Downers Grove Village Council, White says he knows how to build consensus. If elected, he says he would work to keep county government focused on efficiency and transparency and on acting to "return value to the taxpayers."
While White is well-versed in the duties of the office, we can't ignore Grogan's record and credentials.
As a licensed CPA and certified fraud examiner, Grogan has the skill and experience to find waste and fraud in county government. Findings made by the auditor's office during Grogan's tenure have resulted in savings, firings and, most recently, federal charges against the Bloomingdale Township highway commissioner.
Grogan is endorsed.