SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford on Friday ordered a performance audit of his office, hoping to make it more efficient.

SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford on Friday ordered a performance audit of his office, hoping to make it more efficient.


“This objective analysis will improve each program’s performance and operation, suggest some efficiencies, and reduce overall costs,” Rutherford said in a statement.


The audit will exclude the “Bright Start” college savings program and “Cash Dash” unclaimed property programs.


It will be conducted by a group chaired by Chicago attorney and former Republican Attorney General candidate Steve Kim. Vice-chairs will be Springfield attorney Don Tracy, who ran for the Republican lieutenant governor nomination in the 2010 primary, and Elba Aranda-Suh, executive director of the National Latino Education Institute.


Tracy said he got to know Rutherford well during his campaign for lieutenant governor.


“They’re people the treasurer trusts,” said Rutherford spokesman Matt Butterfield. “He’s tried to make it a diverse group, not only in their backgrounds, but in where they live, in different parts of Illinois.”


The fact that Kim and Tracy are Republicans did not factor into the decision, Butterfield said. The committee includes members of both parties, he said.


The deadline for the committee to report back to the treasurer is March 31.


The goal of the exercise is not to downsize the Treasurer’s office, which employs roughly 175, Butterfield said.


“He’s looking to check the efficiency of every one of these programs,” Butterfield said. “If he determines that there are redundancies and things that are not necessary, yeah, I’m not going to rule that out, but the goal is not to cut staff.”


 


Andy Brownfield can be reached at (217) 782-3095.