below, from Alexi Giannoulias, stepping down Monday as Illinois State Treasurer; the Democrat Senate nominee lost the 2010 Illinois Senate race to Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.)...
Today marks the final day of my term as Illinois State Treasurer. It's a sad day for me because serving as Treasurer has been the honor of my life. It's also a sad day because I have to say goodbye to my incredible staff which have been an inspiration to me every day. The past four years have been a remarkable journey and I have loved serving the great State of Illinois.
During my inaugural address, I promised to serve as an independent, accountable, trustworthy, and principled leader. Because of the excellent team we put together, I firmly believe that we've accomplished the goal set that day.
I'm proud to have made good on that promise, which set the tone for my administration. We remained focused on innovative initiatives and policies designed to spur economic growth, curb ethical abuses, safely invest taxpayers' money, help parents send their kids to college, and promote the financial well-being of Illinois residents. Because of the energy, passion, and hard work of this administration, I feel that we have had the most successful term in this office's history. We proved that the State Treasurer's office can have a tangible, real impact on people's everyday lives in Illinois.
Not only have we outperformed our investment benchmarks every single month I've been in office, but we've also added programs that promote financial literacy, encourage economic development, focus on clean energy alternatives, attack corruption in Springfield, examine the state's pension woes, and create and save jobs right here in Illinois.
While my outstanding staff deserves almost all of the credit, it was really your support of my efforts that was key to our success. For that, I can't thank you enough. Most of you have been with me from the very beginning of my term and your ideas, your thoughts, and your encouragement have been a huge part of this administration's success.
I am so proud to have served you and humbled by your continued support for my efforts. I am eager to start a new chapter in my life but, because of you, I will always stay engaged in public service and remain committed to fighting for issues that I feel passionate about.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart.