Du Page County Auditor Bob Grogan is running for state treasurer.
The Republican has served as a county auditor for two terms and a private auditor before that.
If elected, the certified public accountant and fraud examiner would the first CPA to hold the office of treasurer if elected.
"It's funny, I'll say that to a crowd, and you can watch how they go through two distinct emotions," Grogan says. "First emotion is denial. They think 'Nah, that can't be the case.' And then about five seconds later, you can see them all shrug their shoulders and say 'Well, it's Illinois, so I guess that does make sense.'"
He’s running against former House Minority Leader Tom Cross on the Republican side and State. Sen. Mike Frerichs on the Democratic side.