SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois officials are seeking an auditor general for just the third time in state history. The bipartisan Legislative Audit Commission announced Friday that it is accepting applications through Aug. 19. The auditor general is an unelected post established in 1971. William Holland will retire Dec. 31. He has served since 1992, succeeding Robert Cronson. The position pays $154,172. It has a $31 million budget and reviews how taxpayer money is spent. State law requires an audit of each state agency. The commission or the General Assembly also may order investigations or audits of efficiency or management. The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reported this week that longtime Democratic state Rep. Frank Mautino of Spring Valley wants the nonpartisan job. He’s former audit commission chairman.