Raj Pillai Calls Out Will County Treasurer for Wasting Taxpayer Money Intended to Help the County’s Veterans

“The Will County Treasurer should have stopped this. It’s bad enough wasting the taxpayers’ money—it’s unforgivable wasting money that should’ve gone to support our veterans.”

Will County Treasurer candidate and Veterans Assistance Commission (VAC) member Raj Pillai further elevated his calls against current treasurer Tim Brophy for allowing a nearly $500,000 no-bid contract be awarded to the former VAC superintendent’s friend for “marketing” rather than being spent to support our county’s veterans.

As a veteran and CPA, Pillai watched as public funds for veterans were mismanaged because the current treasurer lacks the professional qualifications to provide the necessary oversight as allowed by law. A trained CPA like Pillai would’ve had checks and balances in place that would have stopped this travesty.

“When I first heard about this, I immediately joined the VAC to ensure taxpayers had a trained CPA protecting their tax dollars and veterans had a fellow former service member fighting for them,” Pillai said. “And that’s what I’ve been doing, shining a spotlight on this scandal to ensure taxpayers and veterans get the answers they deserve.”

It wasn’t Treasurer Brophy or any other government official who uncovered this corruption. It was only discovered because of a citizen FOIA, which has since led to the resignation of the superintendent and an FBI investigation. Taxpayers and veterans deserve better from their government.

“To be entrusted with the taxpayers’ money is a massive responsibility. Will County needs a treasurer who is prepared for that responsibility,” Pillai said. “The incumbent treasurer is not a CPA, he’s a politician and an insider who is not professionally qualified for the role. I’m a CPA, a veteran, and an outsider with a proven history of protecting public funds.”

Published in the Will County Gazette on 9/26/22. 

The Patch: Raj Pillai Blames Will Co. Treasurer For $500,000 No-Bid Contract

"The incumbent treasurer is not a CPA, he's a politician and an insider," declared the Republican challenger for Will County Treasurer."

 Will County’s Republican Treasurer candidate and Veterans Assistance Commission member Raj Pillai is blaming incumbent Treasurer Tim Brophy for allowing a nearly $500,000 no-bid contract to the former VAC superintendent’s friend for “marketing” rather than being spent to support our county’s veterans.

“When I first heard about this, I immediately joined the VAC to ensure taxpayers had a trained CPA protecting their tax dollars and veterans had a fellow former service member fighting for them,” Pillai said in his press release. “And that’s what I’ve been doing, shining a spotlight on this scandal to ensure taxpayers and veterans get the answers they deserve.

“To be entrusted with the taxpayers’ money is a massive responsibility. Will County needs a treasurer who is prepared for that responsibility,” Pillai said. “The incumbent treasurer is not a CPA, he’s a politician and an insider who is not professionally qualified for the role. I’m a CPA, a veteran, and an outsider with a proven history of protecting public funds.”

Pillai is running against Brophy in the Nov. 8 general election.

Joliet Patch interviewed Brophy for his response to Pillai’s allegations.

The Joliet Democrat told Patch that his opponent’s allegations are unfounded and off-base.

“I would like to know what public funds has he ever protected? Maybe in New York, where he’s from, but not here,” Brophy remarked.

Brophy said “there’s no statutory oversight given to the treasurer on the V.A.C. or any other county department.”

Brophy said Pillai’s decision to criticize him regarding the $500,000 marketing expenditure by the former superintendent of the V.A.C., “it’s indicative of his lack of knowledge of what the treasurer actually does.

“The V.A.C. superintendent has complete power and oversight over all the monies given to the V.A.C.,” Brophy told Joliet Patch. “I’m not involved in the V.A.C.”

According to his bio, Brophy began his professional career in local retail banking, and he is a lifelong Will County resident.

In 1997, he opened a residential mortgage and real estate office. Brophy remains a licensed real estate managing broker. Brophy said his community service work includes four terms, 1995-2011, as an elected Joliet City Councilman. He is a founding board member of the Joliet Area Historical Museum.

Brophy was elected as the Will County Treasurer during the 2018 elections.

According to the Republican challenger’s press release, Pillai has spent the last 17 years of his career dedicated to improving the fiscal stability of families, organizations, and major corporations, which includes work in auditing, accounting, and financial solutions.

Prior to that, Pillai said, he served our country in the United States Navy for nearly 10 years.

“It wasn’t Treasurer Brophy or any other government official who uncovered this corruption,” Pillai declared in last week’s press release. “It was only discovered because of a citizen FOIA, which has since led to the resignation of the superintendent … Taxpayers and veterans deserve better from their government.”

As for the $500,000 expenditure at the Veteran Assistance Commission, if Pillai “were treasurer, he’d have no authority to stop that check. It’s not my job to uncover corruption in the V.A.C. or any other county department, and we don’t know anything was done wrong here,” Brophy said. “There have been no charges.”

Published on 10/3/2022.