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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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • An idea that makes so much sense it will never happen: Gov. Quinn should appoint Tom Cross comptroller

    An idea that makes so much sense it will never happen: Gov. Quinn should appoint Tom Cross comptroller
    Rick Pearson unpacks the political situation that follows in the wake of Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka's sad, unexpected death Wednesday, a little more than a month before she was to be sworn in for her next term. "Under the Illinois Constitution’...
  • We've lost a sparkle in public life

    We've lost a sparkle in public life
    Judy Baar Topinka was responsible for the lowest point in my political career. Campaigning with her when she was a state senator, she said that sewers in Berwyn needed an upgrade and requested state funds. I said I would consider it, and in the next...
  • Sen. Kirk: Senate staffers who released CIA torture report 'little zombies'

     Sen. Kirk: Senate staffers who released CIA torture report 'little zombies'
    Sen. Mark Kirk on Wednesday condemned the Democratic staffers on the Senate Intelligence Committee as "little zombies" reaching up from their "political graves" and said the panel's report on the CIA's harsh interrogations of terror suspects threatened U....
  • Why this Democrat will miss Judy the Republican

    Why this Democrat will miss Judy the Republican
    A couple years ago, Judy Baar Topinka and I were sparring over the numbers she was using for the state's backlog of bills, so I invited her to my office for a chat. She strides in, tosses a folder full of financial documents on my desk and loudly...
  • RIP Judy Baar Topinka

    RIP Judy Baar Topinka
    Topinka liked to say she entered politics because she knew, "I could do better." And she did. Read the wonderful editorial: Losing Judy Baar Topinka, an everywoman