GOP Leaders: Combine Financial Offices, Cut Lieutenant Governor

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Top Illinois Republicans are calling for elimination of the lieutenant governor's office and consolidation of the state treasurer and comptroller.

House Minority Leader Tom Cross says House Republicans will sponsor two constitutional amendments to make the changes. Also backing the idea are Senate Republican Leader Frank Watson and Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka.

They say it could save the state up to $15 million dollars.

Topinka says it's redundant to have both a treasurer and a comptroller handling state money. The three say the lieutenant governor's few duties could be assigned to another agency, but Lieutenant Governor Pat Quinn opposes the idea.

If lawmakers approve, voters could decide the proposed amendment in the November election. No changes would take place until January 2007.