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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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  • 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....
  • Comptrol alt delete

     
    From the Sunday print column So yet another political striver is looking to become Illinois comptroller. Earlier this week, Democratic Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon announced her candidacy for the state's second most obscure constitutional office (her current...
  • Emanuel's first St. Patrick's Day parade light on politics

    Emanuel's first St. Patrick's Day parade light on politics
    St. Patrick’s Day has a political tradition in Chicago, and the annual downtown parade is a hot spot for politicians seeking votes. But Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a staunch backer of hometown President Barack Obama, declined to talk politics at the...
  • Topinka says recession would hurt already shaky Illinois finances

    Topinka says recession would hurt already shaky Illinois finances
    Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka on Monday said she fears what will happen in Illinois should the nation slip back into recession, warning the state’s finances are so bad there’s nothing to fall back on. The veteran Republican statewide...
  • Quinn calls for cutting natural gas tax, boosting education spending in State of State speech

    Quinn calls for cutting natural gas tax, boosting education spending in State of State speech
    Gov. Pat Quinn today called for more spending on education and abolishing the natural gas utility tax in his State of the State speech. The noon address to the General Assembly, which is posted online, focuses mostly on job creation. (Tribune reporter...
  • Quinn's bad news budget: 'Our rendezvous with reality has arrived'

    Quinn's bad news budget: 'Our rendezvous with reality has arrived'
    Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn today delivered a bad news budget speech, calling for prison closures, layoffs and cutbacks to health care for the poor. "This budget contains truths you may not want to hear," Quinn said. "But these are truths that you do...
  • Illinois Republicans rip Democrats ahead of pension special session

    Illinois Republicans rip Democrats ahead of pension special session
    SPRINGFIELD --- Republicans leaders today wasted no time laying the blame for the state's financial woes at the feet of powerful House Speaker Michael Madigan and his fellow Democrats, saying that now is the time to act like adults and pass sorely...
  • Quinn: Blagojevich conviction 'serious day for our state'

    Quinn: Blagojevich conviction 'serious day for our state'
    Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, who assumed office after Blagojevich's impeachment, said today’s guilty verdict marks "a serious day for our state." Quinn said Blagojevich's corruption conviction, along with that of previous Gov. George Ryan,...
  • Illinois Republicans dream big at state fair rally

    Illinois Republicans dream big at state fair rally
    Illinois Republicans dreamed big during a rally at the Illinois State Fair today, predicting the shaky economy that haunts Democratic President Barack Obama will turn into GOP success at the polls in 2012. GOP leaders talked about putting Illinois "in...
  • Once his defender, Quinn berates Blagojevich

    Once his defender, Quinn berates Blagojevich
    Even as a corruption investigation swirled around then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich five years ago, Pat Quinn defended his two-time running mate as "a person who's honest and one of integrity." On Wednesday, Gov. Quinn declared "justice was served" after a...