Pritzker appoints Will County auditor to serve on state board

Duffy Blackburn is serving his fourth term as the county’s auditor

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Gov. JB Pritzker announced the appointment of Will County Auditor Kevin “Duffy” Blackburn to serve as a trustee of the state’s Teacher’s Retirement System Board.

The 15-member board governs the TRS, a public retirement system formed to provide retirement, disability and death benefits for educators employed in all Illinois public elementary and secondary schools outside of Chicago.

Blackburn is serving his fourth term as the county auditor. He is responsible for auditing claims against the county and county expenses and analyzing and preserving statistical and financial information of county government.

During his tenure, Blackburn has received an A+ rating from open government organizations for his direction and development of a government financial dashboard and website.

He also works as an adjunct professor at Benedictine University in Lisle, Joliet Junior College and the University of St. Francis in Joliet.

Blackburn earned a master’s degree in accounting and finance management and a master’s degree in business administration from the Keller Graduate School and his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Iowa.

Blackburn’s appointment will require Illinois Senate confirmation.

Alex Ortiz

Alex Ortiz

Alex Ortiz is a reporter for The Herald-News in Joliet. Originally from Romeoville, Ill., he joined The Herald-News in 2017 and mostly covers Will County government, politics, education and more. He earned his bachelor's degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master's degree from Northwestern University.