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  • Quinn wants special election in 2016 on Topinka vacancy

    Quinn wants special election in 2016 on Topinka vacancy
    Democrat Gov. Pat Quinn isn’t leaving office without waging at least one more battle against Republican successor Bruce Rauner, ordering lawmakers on Thursday to return to Springfield Jan. 8 to decide whether voters should get to pick a new comptroller in 2016 following the death of Judy Baar Topinka.
  • Gov. Quinn's last stand (stunt)

    Gov. Quinn's last stand (stunt)
    Well, he certainly isn't leaving quietly. Gov. Pat Quinn, who lost his re-election bid last month, announced Thursday that he's calling the lame duck General Assembly to Springfield for a special session on Jan. 8, just a few days before a new...

    Friends, family pay tribute to Topinka at memorial gathering

    Friends, family pay tribute to Topinka at memorial gathering
    A bipartisan collection of politicians, lobbyists, staffers, community activists and family filled a suburban union hall Wednesday to bid farewell to the late Judy Baar Topinka and urge that her style of blunt pragmatism be adopted as a memorial to move...

    Speaker Madigan, tear down this wall

     Speaker Madigan, tear down this wall
    "She's the blond. I'm the redhead." —State Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka, explaining in 1997 the scant difference between her office and that of state Comptroller Loleta Didrickson. In a better place and time, politicians would focus this week...

    Rauner opposes special election for comptroller

    Rauner opposes special election for comptroller
    Republican Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner on Monday dismissed the idea of holding a special election for Illinois comptroller following Judy Baar Topinka's death, saying a legal analysis by the attorney general makes it clear he can appoint a replacement to...