William “Bill” White

Democrat for County Auditor

 

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Du Page County deserves elected officials who believe in government; good government that is transparent, efficient, effective and which returns fair value to the community for our tax dollars.

 Endorsed by the Daily Herald – February 28, 2020

“{We] think White’s deeper level of involvement in diverse government roles gives him an edge that would help him quickly and effectively operate the office should he be elected in November. White is endorsed.”  Link

 

Why I am Running for Du Page County Auditor

 

I am running for Du Page County Auditor to hold county officials accountable to be transparent, efficient and genuinely responsive to the needs of our community. I will shine daylight on “no bid” contracts being awarded to campaign donors.  I will be a vigilant watchdog who will fight for good government without being the enemy of government.   

I’ve seen first hand what good government looks like. I have participated in good government having been elected to the District 99 Board of Education (including time as board president) and the Downers Grove Village Council (including time as mayor pro tem). District 99 and the Village of Downers Grove are examples of governments that are transparent, efficient and return genuine value to the community in exchange for the tax dollars collected from the community.

I will bring my experience to the position of auditor and beginning on Day One of my term I will demand transparency and accountability from our county government. You cannot be an advocate of good government without being an advocate for government.

   Latest Updates

  • Bill White is pleased to have won the Democratic primary held on March 17, 2020 and looks forward to the November general election. 
  • Due to the COVID 19 situation political campaigns will need to be more creative than ever.

 

About Bill White

Bill White is a graduate of Downers Grove South and earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago. He earned a law degree from Loyola University School of Law and met his wife, Karen, while enrolled in a Master of Laws in Taxation program (LLM) at DePaul University. Bill and Karen have been married for 29 years and have two adult children.

He has practiced law in Downers Grove for 35 years. Bill has handled a wide variety of legal matters including both litigation and transactional work. Bill has substantial experience evaluating, negotiating and enforcing contracts.

Bill has held two elected offices, first with the District 99 Board of Education (North High School and South High School in Downers Grove) including service as Board President. Bill has also served on the Downers Grove Village Council, including service as mayor pro tem.

Bill has been engaged in public service for decades. He’s been a youth baseball coach, taught Saturday morning science enrichment classes for elementary school students, served on various zoning boards for well over 20 years and chaired various ad hoc committees including the citizen’s advisory committee that updated the Downers Grove Comprehensive Plan. Most recently, Bill helped raise money for the DuPage Senior Citizen’s Council through his participation in the 2019 Dancing with the Starz Charity event.

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Explaining the Role of the County Auditor

 

The duties of a county auditor are established by Illinois law at 55 ILCS 5/3-1005. This statute has 9 sub-paragraphs. A few key provisions are the following:

  • 55 ILCS 5/3-1005 (g) provides that the county auditor shall “[m]aintain a continuous internal audit of the operations and financial records of the officers, agents or divisions of the county.” It is important to understand that “operational” auditing is a broader concept that financial auditing. Operational auditing requires evaluation of whether county policy and objectives are being achieved effectively and efficiently, in the field. In essence, this means evaluating whether the community is receiving fair value in return for the tax dollars paid by the community.
  • 55 ILCS 5/3-1005 (e) provides that the county auditor shall report quarterly to the county board and publish that report to the general public.  To be a watchdog over county operations and to provide meaningful “checks and balances” the county auditor must possess communication skills and advocacy skills to assure that whatever reports are presented are meaningful and effective.
  • 55 ILCS 5/3-1005 (d) provides that the county auditor shall “[m]aintain a file of all contracts entered into by the county board and all authorized county officers.” As county auditor, Bill White will establish an online portal to allow convenient access to campaign contributions made by county vendors to elected county officials. 
  • 55 ILCS 5/3-1005 (a) provides that the county auditor shall “[a]udit all claims against the county, and recommend to the county board the payment or rejection of all claims presented.”  This duty requires the auditor to make a qualitative assessment of a claim (beyond ascertaining whether the numbers add up) and includes a component of legal analysis as well. Presenting  effective recommendations will also require communication and advocacy skills.  
  • Additional duties are established by Illinois statute at 55 ILCS 5/3-1005.

A successful county auditor must possess a blend of diverse talents including perspective and experience on the operation of government as well as communication, advocacy and interpersonal skills while managing a staff that includes skilled financial auditors.     

 

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