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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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  • 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
  • Judy Baar Topinka remembered for political style

    Judy Baar Topinka remembered for political style
    In an era of politicians who are wedded to the party line, coiffed and packaged to sell to voters, colorful and outspoken Judy Baar Topinka spent three-and-a-half decades thinking, acting and speaking outside the box. She castigated opponents in her own...
  • 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...
  • Pushing white guys rightward on the political spectrum

    Pushing white guys rightward on the political spectrum
    The punching bags are punching back. How else to interpret exit polls showing 64 percent of white men who participated in last week's midterm elections voted for Republicans? That's almost two out of three — more than enough to offset big...
  • 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...