John Farney is a life-long resident of Champaign County. Raised in Homer and Philo, Farney is a graduate of Unity High School, Parkland Community College and Eastern Illinois University. John and his wife, Stephanie (Rosene), have one son, Nathaniel, and reside in rural Urbana.


John’s entire professional career has been dedicated to public service. As a community newspaper editor in Champaign County, John was tasked with keeping the public informed about their communities. Later, as an election official in the Champaign County Clerk’s Office, he worked tirelessly to ensure that elections were open, transparent and well run.


John was first elected as Champaign County Auditor in 2012 and re-elected in 2016. During his tenure he revamped the Auditor’s Office, authoring new reports, implemented current accounting principles, and enacted new programs designed to generate revenue for County Government. John has been recognized by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) with the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting and has received the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting. These national awards are bestowed only on government officials who are committed to the highest standards in government and financial reporting. Champaign County is one of only three counties (of 102) in Illinois to have an official recognized for both of these achievements.

In addition to his statutory duties, John was an active participant in the County’s effort to become Illinois Green Business Certified. He is actively involved with the County’s Emergency Management Agency in disaster financial reporting. He also serves on the County’s Technology Oversight Committee and as a contract negotiator, representing General Unit elected officials in talks with AFSCME. John was elected President of the Illinois Association of County Auditors in 2016.

An Eagle Scout, John is involved in the Scouting movement at local and regional levels, serving as a Den Leader and as Committee Chair of Holy Cross Pack 9, and serving as Vice President for Administration of Prairielands Council. John is also Wood Badge trained, the premiere leadership training within Scouting.

In April, 2017, John was inducted into the Unity High School Alumni Hall of Fame in recognition of his accomplishments post-high school.

He is also dedicated to his community and county, serving and being recognized in the following capacities:

Vice President, Holy Cross School Parent Teacher Club

Parent Ambassador, Holy Cross School

Member, VFW Post #630 Men’s Auxiliary

Member, Unity High School Hall of Fame Committee

Past Member and Secretary, Board of Trustees, High School of St. Thomas More

Past Vice President, AFSCME Local 900, Champaign County Employees

2014 United Way ECC of the Year

2005 Illinois Education Association Region 9 Friend of Education