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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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  • Longtime suburban Republican recalls Topinka's time in suburbs

    Longtime suburban Republican recalls Topinka's time in suburbs
    Wilmette resident Frank Paul, a former Evanston Township Republican Committeeman active in GOP circles, had a 30-year association with Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka. Topinka, 70, died early Wednesday, Dec. 10, of complications from a stroke...
  • Let the next election for comptroller be the last

    Let the next election for comptroller be the last
    Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka's death left a void in Illinois beyond her colorful personality: She would have been sworn in Monday for her second term in the office. Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner has named GOP businesswoman Leslie Munger to fill the vacancy,...
  • Illinois lawmakers quickly approve special comptroller election in 2016

    Illinois lawmakers quickly approve special comptroller election in 2016
    Democrats gave speedy approval Thursday to a measure that would require a special election to fill part of the term left vacant after the death of Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, as Republicans railed against the move as a power grab aimed at undermining...
  • 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...
  • Quinn names longtime aide Stermer to succeed Topinka as comptroller

    Quinn names longtime aide Stermer to succeed Topinka as comptroller
    Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn on Friday appointed a longtime friend and aide to succeed the late Judy Baar Topinka as Illinois comptroller, saying Jerry Stermer will serve for just three weeks until new statewide office holders are sworn in Jan. 12. The...
  • Unforeseeable chain of events brings Leslie Munger to comptroller's office

    Unforeseeable chain of events brings Leslie Munger to comptroller's office
    Following her losing bid for state representative and the sudden death of state Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, Lincolnshire resident Leslie Munger’s future plans changed in the span of 36 hours. For the next two to four years, the former business...
  • Quinn taps aide to fill Topinka seat — for 3 weeks

    Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn on Friday appointed a longtime friend and aide to succeed the late Judy Baar Topinka as Illinois comptroller, saying Jerry Stermer will serve for just three weeks until new statewide officeholders are sworn in Jan. 12. The...
  • Former executive to serve as state comptroller, vows to be 'guardian'

    Former executive to serve as state comptroller, vows to be 'guardian'
    Republican Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner on Monday picked a former corporate executive from the north suburbs to fill the comptroller’s post left vacant after the death of Judy Baar Topinka. Leslie Munger of Lincolnshire is a former executive for Helene...
  • Topinka remembered as 'trailblazer' by Lake County colleagues

    Judy Baar Topinka's passing Wednesday came six years almost to the day after the arrest of Rod Blagojevich and more than eight years after she more or less predicted for a Lake County audience what was to come of her opponent in the 2006 race for...
  • Topinka in her own words

    Topinka in her own words
    Judy Baar Topinka was known for her straightforward approach. Here are some of her more memorable comments: "Well, you know the weasel eyes is because of how you make eye contact, and the governor does not have a tendency to make eye contact. That is...
  • You couldn't help but call her 'Judy.'

    You couldn't help but call her 'Judy.'
    Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, who died early Wednesday of complications from a stroke, was a delight -- brash, feisty, opinionated, funny,  very candid (for a politician) and utterly charming in her brassy way.  I enjoyed speaking with her and...