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Daniel W. Hynes (born July 20, 1968) is an American politician, formerly the Illinois Comptroller. He is currently[when?] Deputy Governor for Budget & Economy.

Daniel Hynes
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6th Comptroller of Illinois
In office
January 11, 1999 – January 10, 2011
GovernorGeorge Ryan
Rod Blagojevich
Pat Quinn
Preceded byLoleta Didrickson
Succeeded byJudy Baar Topinka
Personal details
Born (1968-07-20) July 20, 1968 (age 51)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Christina Kerger
ResidenceChicago, Illinois


Hynes was born in Chicago, the son of Thomas Hynes, a former Cook County assessor, president of the Illinois Senate and Democratic Ward committeeman of the 19th ward in Chicago, Illinois. He attended St. Ignatius College Prep in Chicago, where he graduated in 1986.

Hynes later attended the University of Notre Dame, where he graduated magna cum laude in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science degree in economics and computer applications. He received his Juris Doctor degree with honors from Loyola University Chicago's School of Law in 1993. Daniel Hynes served as a health care attorney at the Chicago law firm of Hogan, Marren and McCahill, Ltd.

Hynes married Dr. Christina Kerger (M.D) in June 1999.

As Illinois ComptrollerEdit

Hynes was first elected Illinois Comptroller on November 3, 1998, at the age of 30. At the time, he was the youngest elected statewide constitutional officer in Illinois, since William Stratton was elected Treasurer of Illinois in 1942. Since first entering office in 1999, he was the first Comptroller to establish a "Rainy Day Fund" for Illinois as a way to secure funding for the state whenever there is a slowdown in revenue.

Hynes also spearheaded bipartisan reform of laws governing the state's private cemeteries and funeral homes (which his office regulates) in 2001, the most extensive overhaul of these industries in 25 years.

Dan Hynes has sponsored new legislation that prohibited tax scofflaws from receiving state contracts. He also introduced legislation in 2003, that would do the same to corporations that have falsified their financial reports. Among his other measures as Comptroller, was to reform the Local Government Division of his office, increasing the percentage of compliance from Illinois's local government units in financial reporting from 65 to 95 percent.

Hynes also expanded the office's commercial direct deposit program, encouraging state vendors to receive payments electronically, which saves taxpayer money and improves efficiency. Daniel Hynes was elected to a second term as Comptroller on November 5, 2002, with a margin of more than one million votes. He was elected to a third term in 2006, by a similarly large margin.

U.S. Senate campaignEdit

Hynes speaks on the first day of the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado.

In March 2004, Hynes was an unsuccessful candidate in the Democratic primary election, for his party's nomination for the United States Senate, finishing second to State Senator Barack Obama, who went on to win the general election in November. In September 2006, in an open letter published in the Chicago Sun-Times, Hynes endorsed drafting Obama into the presidential race of 2008.[1] Hynes spoke on the first day of the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado, lauding Obama.

2010 campaign for Illinois governorEdit

Invitation to an early fundraiser for Hyne's campaign

Hynes challenged Governor Pat Quinn for the Democratic nomination for Governor of Illinois, formally announcing his campaign on September 2, 2009.[2][3] His campaign received the endorsement of former United States Senator Adlai E. Stevenson III.[4]

His newspaper endorsements included the Daily Herald,[5] Kane County Chronicle,[6] Northwest Herald, South Suburban News,[7] Peoria Journal Star,[8] The News-Gazette (Champaign-Urbana),[9] The State Journal-Register (Springfield),[10] and the Southtown Star.[11] After a close vote, on February 4, 2010, Hynes conceded to Quinn and pledged his support to Quinn in the general election.[12]

After politicsEdit

After leaving the Illinois Comptroller's office, Hynes joined Fort Myers, Florida based Foster & Foster Actuaries & Consultants.[13] On January 19, 2012, it was reported that Hynes would be joining Ariel Investments, a Chicago investment management firm, as a senior vice president to aid in client services, marketing and business development.[13] In 2015, Hynes moved to UBS Global Asset Management as head of Taft Hartley & large market public Chicago.

In 2016, Hynes was the sole superdelegate supporting former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley. O'Malley dropped out after the Iowa Caucus in February, after failing to win any delegates, leaving Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders as the two remaining Democratic candidates, for the rest of the primary calendar.

In 2018, Dan Hynes was appointed by J.B. Pritzker as one of three Deputy Governors with State Representative Christian Mitchell and Chicago Park District President Jesse Ruiz.[14]

Electoral historyEdit

  • 1998 Democratic Primary Election for Comptroller
    • Daniel Hynes (D), unopposed
  • 1998 General Election for Comptroller
    • Daniel Hynes (D), 58.6%
    • Chris Lauzen (R), 39.6%
    • Houstoun McIntosh Sadler II (Reform), 1.7%
  • 2002 Democratic Primary Election for Comptroller
    • Daniel Hynes (D) (inc.), unopposed
  • 2002 General Election for Comptroller
    • Daniel Hynes (D) (inc.), 63.2%
    • Thomas Jefferson Ramsdell (R), 30.6%
    • Julie Fox (Libertarian), 4.2%
  • 2004 Democratic Primary Election for U.S. Senate.
  • 2006 Democratic Primary Election for Comptroller
    • Daniel Hynes (D) (inc.), unopposed
  • 2006 General Election for Comptroller
    • Daniel Hynes (D) (inc.), 64.2%
    • Carole Pankau (R), 31.5%
    • Alicia Snyder (Green), 4.3%
  • 2010 Democratic Primary Election for Governor
    • Pat Quinn (D) (inc.), 50.4%
    • Daniel Hynes (D), 49.6%


  1. ^ Draft Obama 2008 Movement Launched. Illinois State Comptroller Dan Hynes urges Sen. Barack Obama to run for president in 2008 Archived 2008-07-05 at the Wayback Machine, Lynn Sweet, Chicago Sun-Times, September 14, 2006.
  2. ^ Quinn Officially Launches Reelection Campaign Archived 2009-10-26 at the Wayback Machine, CBS 2 Chicago, October 22, 2009
  3. ^ "Clout St: Hynes wants higher taxes on wealthy to ease budget crunch". 2009-09-02. Retrieved 2017-01-18.
  4. ^ Lynn Sweet, "Former Sen. Adlai Stevenson III endorses Dan Hynes for Illinois governor" Archived 2009-08-14 at the Wayback Machine, Chicago Sun-Times, August 12, 2009
  5. ^ Hynes the clear choice for Democratic governor Daily Herald, January 14, 2010.
  6. ^ Our View: Governor (D): Hynes, Kane County Chronicle, January 14, 2010.
  7. ^ "Quinn's serial mis-steps shows it is time for Hynes to govern", South Suburban News, January 14, 2010.
  8. ^ Democratic Endorsement: Illinois governor - Dan Hynes, Peoria Journal-Star, January 15, 2010
  9. ^ "Hynes for Dems, Brady for GOP", The News-Gazette (Champaign), January 17, 2010
  10. ^ "Our Opinion: For the Democrats, Hynes for governor", The State Journal-Register, January 14, 2010
  11. ^ Our selections for governor: Hynes, Dillard Southtown Star, January 17, 2010.
  12. ^ "Clout St: Emotional Hynes ends Democratic governor campaign; Quinn praises his "lion" heart". 2010-02-04. Retrieved 2010-08-29.
  13. ^ a b "Subscription Center". Retrieved 2017-01-18.
  14. ^ Miller, Rich (December 20, 2018). "Dan Hynes, Christian Mitchell, Jesse Ruiz will serve as deputy governors in Pritzker administration". Capitol Fax. Retrieved December 20, 2018.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Loleta Didrickson
Illinois Comptroller
Succeeded by
Judy Baar Topinka