The Passage of the Certified Public Accountancy Act of 1903 with Description of Prior Attempts
The Illinois Association of Public Accountants received its charter as of March 18, 1897 and at a directors’ meeting held on April 20, 1897 George Wilkinson was instructed to go to Springfield and was empowered to use the funds of the Association to the best of his judgment in furthering the passage of the C.P.A. law which had already been introduced in both Houses of the Legislature. Reference to the annual report covering the first fiscal year of the Association indicates that not more than $164.01 was thus expended. In the summer of 1898 the Board of Directors determined to make another effort to secure the passage of a C.P.A. law at the forty’ first session of the Illinois Legislature beginning early in 1899, though the.Society at that time had only twelve members, two less than at its organization.