GENEVA – Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen created a political action committee to run for Illinois Comptroller as a Republican, records at the Illinois State Board of Elections show.
Records show Friends for Chris Lauzen was filed Nov. 14 with the state and its stated purpose is “To support Chris Lauzen.” The committee was created on Oct. 16 with $3,500, state records show.
But Lauzen said he was actually reactivating an old campaign account from 20 years ago when he ran for comptroller in 1998. Lauzen was defeated by Democrat Dan Hynes in that race.
Democrat Susana Mendoza – who was just re-elected state comptroller – announced her candidacy for mayor of Chicago. If she wins in the Feb. 26, 2019 mayoral election, the comptroller position would become vacant.
“But there’s nothing to think about if Mendoza loses. If she were to win, then there would be a question of who is going to step forward," Lauzen said. "Maybe 10 really good Republicans and maybe I would want to support one of them. Because I really do enjoy what I do in Kane County. I think we have a great management team and the majority of our board members are constructive, hard-working, smart people.”
Lauzen, who was an Illinois state senator for 20 years, is in his second term as chairman of the Kane County Board, which will be up in 2020.
Lauzen said he is not necessarily positioning himself to take advantage of the vacancy.
“Not even as assertive as that,” Lauzen said. “I certainly love what I do and who I work with in Kane County. Because I really do appreciate working for the people of Kane County. I like being local. I believe there will be 10 good candidates in both parties [and] I would not be surprised I would end up being happy to support somebody else.”
However, Lauzen stated his financial credentials for the state post: A frozen county levy for eight years, reduction in debt by 67 percent and increased pension funding by 95 percent.
“State of Illinois voters – both Democrats and Republicans – they are going to need candidates who have demonstrated that they can help solve their finances,” Lauzen said. “I’d say that our finances are pretty bad in Illinois and they are pretty good in Kane County. … I think that the voters are going to need options.”