Public Accountability Report Public Accountability Report

Office of the State Comptroller
(Appropriated Spending in Thousands)
  FY 2019 FY 2018
Reporting Programs Expenditures Headcount Expenditures Headcount
Statewide Financial Management and Reporting $ 15,601.9 182.0 $ 15,617.8 178.0
Pre-need Licensing and Certification Enforcement $ 3,220.2 32.0 $ 3,210.6 33.0
Local Government $ 1,356.0 14.0 $ 1,388.7 15.0
Non-Reporting Programs
Court Reporting Services  $ 85,334.9 N/A $ 84,752.2 N/A
State Officers' Salaries  $ 32,522.0 N/A $ 33,020.2 N/A
Administrative Fund  $ 538.1 N/A $ 422.3 N/A
State Lottery Expenses  $ 50.3 N/A $ 50.4 N/A
Budget Stabilization  $ 0.0 N/A $ 0.0 N/A
Totals $ 138,623.4 228.0 $ 138,462.2 226.0

Totals may not add due to rounding.

Agency Narrative

The Comptroller is the State’s Chief Fiscal Control Officer, responsible for the legal, efficient, and effective operation of state government’s fiscal affairs. The Illinois Office of Comptroller is charged with the responsibility of maintaining the state’s central fiscal accounts, ordering payments into the treasury, and issuing warrants against any funds held by the Treasurer. The state constitution directs the Comptroller to apply sound fiscal controls to the state’s central fiscal accounts.

To carry out its constitutional and statutory requirements, the Illinois Office of Comptroller performs the key financial functions of statewide financial management and reporting. Additionally, the Illinois Office of Comptroller regulates pre-need licenses and purchases through the Pre-need Licensing and Certification Enforcement (PLACE) program, and the Local Government Division collects and analyzes annual financial reports from thousands of units of local government.

In fiscal year 2019, the office’s Expenditure Analysis and Review Section (EARS) received 20,703 formal inquiries for information.

As part of the statutory responsibility of the Illinois Office of Comptroller, the Local Government Division annually produces the Fiscal Responsibility Report Card, which summarizes financial data received from approximately 5,200 units of local government. The edit and review process ensures that the financial data submitted on the Annual Financial Reports (AFRs) is of acceptable quality to produce the Fiscal Responsibility Report Card.

In fiscal year 2019, the Local Government Division achieved a compliance rate of 98% and the PLACE Division achieved 98% compliance among pre-need licensees. To help ensure the protection of consumer funds, audits of these financial reports are conducted on a recurring basis, with 700 audits performed in fiscal year 2019.

The Comptroller Connect Internet Filing program is utilized by local governments to digitally report their data. The Local Government Division provides governments with hands-on AFR assistance, regional training workshops, a toll-free local government assistance hotline, and communication with the division via email. In fiscal year 2019, the division’s hotline received 3,200 calls and 1,700 emails.

All reports, including Fiscal Responsibility Report Cards and Data Summaries, Annual Financial Reports, and TIF Reports, may be found on the Comptroller’s website,, by selecting the “Find a Report” button and scrolling the drop-down function.

The salaries of all court reporters employed by the circuit courts are paid by the State of Illinois. In addition to salaries, fees are paid to court reporters for preparing and filing court transcripts. The General Assembly also appropriates funds to the Comptroller’s Office to pay the salaries of state officers, including the six statewide elected executive branch officers, members of the Legislature, and various department directors and commission chairs and members.

The fiscal year 2020 projections in this report are based on a fully appropriated fiscal year 2020 budget.