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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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Who will be the next treasurer of Illinois? Does it matter?

    Who will be the next treasurer of Illinois? Does it matter?
    Just a few hundred votes separate Republican Tom Cross and Democrat Mike Frerichs in the still-undecided race for treasurer. But in looking over the list of state treasurers going back it doesn't appear that the office appears to be a very reliable...
  • Lyons Township Republicans join in mourning loss of Judy Baar Topinka

    Lyons Township Republicans join in mourning loss of Judy Baar Topinka
    Lyons Township Republicans also are saddened by the sudden death of Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka. “She was an amazing public servant, but more than that she was a terrific person and a good friend,” said Republican Committeeman...
  • 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...
  • Topinka held early elective office in high school in Lake Forest

    Topinka held early elective office in high school in Lake Forest
    Judy Baar Topinka had already developed her “no B.S. approach” to politics as class president of her high school in Lake Forest. After a 30-year career in elective office — including 12 years as state treasurer — Topinka passed...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • Judy Baar Topinka a rare politician who spoke her mind

    Judy Baar Topinka a rare politician who spoke her mind
    When I heard Judy Baar Topinka had died, it brought back an old memory about the one fight we had. It happened in her campaign van years ago, parked around the corner from the Tribune Tower when she was running for governor in 2006 against future...
  • There was only one Judy Baar Topinka

    There was only one Judy Baar Topinka
    Judy Baar Topinka always had a firm grip on who she was — and on her trademark disposable travel coffee mug. I saw both in action in our one televised appearance this fall. As we were seated side by side with just minutes before going on the air,...