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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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  • Republican governor candidates make pitches at State Fair

    Republican governor candidates make pitches at State Fair
    SPRINGFIELD -- Out-of-power Republicans rolled out four candidates for governor at an Illinois State Fair rally Thursday that focused on regaining relevance by taking back the state's top job. The contenders come with resumes as varied as the flavors of...
  • 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...
  • 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-...
  • State lawmakers to miss at least one more paycheck

    State lawmakers to miss at least one more paycheck
    Gov. Pat Quinn, in full re-election mode, took the unusual step of showing up in court today for the first hearing in lawmakers' effort to get their paychecks restored after the governor suspended their pay citing a lack of action on pension reform....
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Here's why putting the AG next in line for the governor's office could be a problem

     
    Under the amendment...the attorney general would be next in line if the governor died, quit or was removed from office. That makes a lot of sense. Candidates for attorney general are subject to far more voter scrutiny than those for......
  • They cannot stand Pat. But right's move to oust state GOP chair doomed to backfire

     
    Here's guessing that when the state's top Democrats gather these days, they're superstitiously avoiding mention of the coup attempt brewing in the Illinois GOP. Goodness knows they don't want to jinx it. The Illinois Republican State Central Committee has...
  • Worst vote ever?

     
    What’s the most regrettable vote you’ve ever cast? What were you thinking and why were you so wrong? Regular blog commenter Beth suggested this as a possibly educational essay assignment and I'm biting. My answer, as attentive readers know,...
  • 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...
  • 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......
  • 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....