Laurel Prussing is the right one for the job.

As County Auditor, she saved Taxpayers millions

In her four terms as Champaign County Auditor, besides auditing and accounting, she prepared the budget and administered payroll, health insurance, workers' compensation, and pensions.

  • She was the first Illinois County Auditor to win national awards for excellence in budgeting and financial reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of U.S. & Canada.
  • She led the County to be the first local government to self-fund worker's compensation (reduce insurance premium by paying smaller claims from reserves set aside and insuring only for very large claims). Other local governments followed.
  • She advised the County Board on how to hold the line on property taxes (they did!)
Laurel Prussing transformed the Auditor’s office from a sleepy backwater to the best in Illinois. Early on, she found that the then County Treasurer held millions of dollars in no-interest checking accounts. After her report, the Treasurer did a better job of earning interest. Over the years, these additional earnings have added up to millions of dollars. Laurel Prussing has the skills to be the best County Treasurer.
— Joanne Chester

As Mayor of Urbana...

She led the city through the Great Recession and the loss of Carle Hospital property taxes without cutting vital services. She held the line on the city's property tax rate and actually reduced the city's percent share of property tax bills.

She bridged a $1 million budget gap without employee lay-offs or furloughs.

She saved $3 million on health insurance over four years without cutting employee benefits–perhaps the best record of any U.S. employer, public or private.

She saved nearly $1 million over 10 years by not hiring an Administrator and taking on day-to-day responsibilities herself and hiring a Chief of Staff to assist. He proposed Think Urbana, which stimulated homebuilding in the city.


She had an outstanding record as County Auditor and understands County finances. As Mayor of Urbana, she created the best working relationship with the Council of any mayor in the previous three decades and figured out practical solutions for tough financial problems. Laurel Prussing would make an excellent Treasurer.
— Esther Patt