Blackburn says he’s not running for Illinois comptroller
BY CINDY WOJDYLA CAIN email@example.com August 15, 2013 7:36PM
Updated: September 17, 2013 8:18AM
Will County Auditor Duffy Blackburn, who announced in June that he was running for state comptroller, pulled out of the race on Wednesday.
Blackburn, a Joliet Democrat, made his announcement during the Illinois State Fair’s Illinois Democratic Chairman’s Brunch.
Blackburn, who had stressed that his skills as a certified public accountant would be a good fit for the office, said he now believes fellow Democrat and Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon would be the better candidate because not only is she an attorney, but she is a college professor.
She will be able to educate the citizens of Illinois about the state’s finances, Blackburn said. She also agrees with Blackburn that transparency and accountability need to be a bigger part of the office, he said.
“At a time when Illinois is $6.1 billion behind in paying its bills, we need a comptroller that will find real solutions,” he said.
At the brunch, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin complimented Blackburn for stepping aside and compared Blackburn to Simon’s dad, the late former U.S. Sen. Paul Simon.
“It was an incredible gesture,” Blackburn said Thursday before the Will County Board meeting in Joliet. “It was very humbling.”
Blackburn, 35, was elected to his second term as county auditor in 2012 and is not up for re-election until 2016.