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Judy Baar Topinka

Judy Baar Topinka
Republican Judy Baar Topinka is the Illinois State Comptroller after being elected on Nov. 2, 2010. She is the former Illinois State Treasurer, having served from 1995 to 2007. Topinka lost to Rod Blagojevich in the Illinois governor's race in 2006.
Republican Judy Baar Topinka is the Illinois State Comptroller after being elected on Nov. 2, 2010. She is the former Illinois State Treasurer, having served from 1995 to 2007. Topinka lost to Rod Blagojevich in the Illinois governor's race in 2006. « Show less

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  • Signed and sealed: Illinois 16th state to legalize gay marriage

    Signed and sealed: Illinois 16th state to legalize gay marriage
    Gov. Pat Quinn on Wednesday put his signature on a historic measure making Illinois the 16th state to allow same-sex marriage, capping a 40-year push for gay rights that picked up major momentum during the past decade. Playing master of ceremonies...
  • Weeks in Review: An open thread

     
    The "Weeks in Review" feature is an open thread in which commenters can talk about any current events or cultural phenomena that have caught their attention, including but not limited to the topics brought up in our traditional roundup of......
  • Thwarting Quinn, judge orders legislators paid -- with interest

    Thwarting Quinn, judge orders legislators paid -- with interest
    Dealt a loss in his attempt to wipe out lawmakers' paychecks, Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn will try to put the ruling on ice Friday as he attempts to kick up to the Illinois Supreme Court the legal question of whether his move was constitutional. Those...
  • First hearing today in state lawmaker paycheck case

    First hearing today in state lawmaker paycheck case
    House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton stepped up their effort Monday to persuade a judge to pay all 177 lawmakers even though Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed their salaries for failing to rein in Illinois' worst-in-the-nation pension...
  • Judge denies Quinn request to block lawmaker pay

    Judge denies Quinn request to block lawmaker pay
    A Cook County judge today denied a request by Gov. Pat Quinn to put on hold his ruling ordering state lawmakers' paychecks to be issued. Quinn had vetoed lawmakers' salaries from the budget in July, saying they shouldn't be paid until they sent him a...
  • Comptroller says Quinn move means no paychecks for lawmakers

    Comptroller says Quinn move means no paychecks for lawmakers
    Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka said Thursday that she cannot issue paychecks to lawmakers unless they vote to overturn Gov. Pat Quinn's $13.8 million veto of their salaries or a court rules her office must pay out. The decision comes after weeks of...
  • Quinn's paycheck ploy — popular but poisonous

    Quinn's paycheck ploy — popular but poisonous
    There's a telling detail in the fine print of Gov. Pat Quinn's paycheck power play. The power play, which Quinn announced with righteous fanfare July 10 and was challenged in a lawsuit filed Tuesday, is a decree that neither he nor the 177 members of...
  • Simon won't say if she backs Quinn for re-election

    Simon won't say if she backs Quinn for re-election
    More than five months after saying she wouldn’t return as Gov. Pat Quinn’s running mate, Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon announced Wednesday she would seek the Democratic comptroller nomination¬† but wouldn’t say if she backs her boss for re-...
  • Dissenting voices

     
    Gov. Pat Quinn’s decision to withhold all legislators’ salaries until they reduce pension costs might truly be an unconstitutional threat to “the independence of each branch of government,” as Senate President John Cullerton and...
  • Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon is running for comptroller

     
    News release: Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon today kicked off her campaign for Illinois Comptroller this morning in Chicago, stressing that the office needs to be an aggressive fiscal watchdog, holding all levels of Illinois government accountable....
  • Let's fly the rainbow flag in Sochi

    Let's fly the rainbow flag in Sochi
    You don't have to be a liberal or a proponent of gay rights to be outraged by the declaration of Russia's sports minister Thursday that his country's harsh new laws banning "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations" will be enforced during the 2014...
  • Madigan, Cullerton sue Quinn over blocked lawmaker paychecks

    Madigan, Cullerton sue Quinn over blocked lawmaker paychecks
    The state's Democratic dysfunction spilled into the courts Tuesday as Illinois' two top legislative leaders filed a lawsuit challenging Gov. Pat Quinn's decision to withhold lawmakers' paychecks until they send him a measure to overhaul the highly...