Daniel Hynes

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Daniel Hynes
File:Daniel Hynes DNC.jpg
Illinois Comptroller
In office
January 11, 1999 – January 10, 2011
Governor George Ryan
Rod Blagojevich
Pat Quinn
Preceded by Loleta Didrickson
Succeeded by Judy Baar Topinka
Personal details
Born (1968-07-20) July 20, 1968 (age 51)
Chicago, Illinois
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Christina Kerger Hynes
Residence Chicago, Illinois
Profession Attorney
Religion Roman Catholic[1]

Daniel W. Hynes (born July 20, 1968) is an American politician, formerly the Illinois Comptroller. He currently works in client services and marketing for Ariel Investments in Chicago.


Hynes was born in Chicago. 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.

He is 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.

Hynes married Christina Kerger, M.D. in June 1999 and currently resides in the city of Chicago.

As Illinois Comptroller

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 campaign

In 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 2008 presidential race.[2] Hynes spoke on the first day of the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado, lauding Obama.

2010 campaign for Illinois governor

Hynes challenged Governor Pat Quinn for the Democratic nomination for Governor of Illinois, formally announcing his campaign on September 2, 2009.[3][4] His campaign received the endorsement of former United States Senator Adlai E. Stevenson III.[5] His newspaper endorsements included the Daily Herald,[6] Kane County Chronicle,[7] Northwest Herald, South Suburban News,[8] Peoria Journal Star,[9] The News-Gazette (Champaign-Urbana),[10] The State Journal-Register (Springfield),[11] and the Southtown Star.[12]

After a close vote, on February 4, 2010, Dan Hynes conceded to Governor Quinn and pledged his support to Quinn in the general election.[13]

After politics

After leaving the Illinois Comptroller's office, Hynes joined Fort Myers, Florida-based Foster & Foster Actuaries & Consultants.[14]

On January 19, 2012, it was reported that Hynes would be joining Ariel Investments, the politically connected Chicago investment management firm, as a senior vice president to aid in client services, marketing and business development.[15]

Electoral history

  • 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. Henderson, Harold. "15 Candidates! We Can Help-The Reader's Guide to the Big Showdown | News". AltWeeklies.com. Retrieved 2010-08-29.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Draft Obama 2008 Movement Launched. Illinois State Comptroller Dan Hynes urges Sen. Barack Obama to run for president in 2008, Lynn Sweet, Chicago Sun-Times, September 14, 2006
  3. Quinn Officially Launches Reelection Campaign, CBS 2 Chicago, October 22, 2009
  4. Clout Street: Hynes Wants Higher Taxes on the Wealthy to Ease State Budget Crunch
  5. Former Sen. Adlai Stevenson III endorses Dan Hynes for Illinois governor Lynn Sweet, Chicago Sun-Times, August 12, 2009
  6. Hynes the clear choice for Democratic governor Daily Herald, January 14, 2010
  7. Our View: Governor (D): Hynes, Kane County Chronicle, January 14, 2010
  8. Quinn's serial mis-steps shows it is time for Hynes to govern, South Suburban News, January 14, 2010
  9. Democratic Endorsement: Illinois governor - Dan Hynes, Peoria Journal-Star, January 15, 2010
  10. Hynes for Dems, Brady for GOP, The News-Gazette (Champaign), January 17, 2010
  11. Our Opinion: For the Democrats, Hynes for governor The State Journal-Register, January 14, 2010
  12. Our selections for governor: Hynes, Dillard Southtown Star, January 17, 2010
  13. "Clout St: Emotional Hynes ends Democratic governor campaign; Quinn praises his "lion" heart". Newsblogs.chicagotribune.com. 2010-02-04. Retrieved 2010-08-29.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  14. http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20120119/NEWS01/120119736/former-state-comptroller-hynes-joins-ariel-investments
  15. http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20120119/NEWS01/120119736/former-state-comptroller-hynes-joins-ariel-investments

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