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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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  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • Losing Judy Baar Topinka, an everywoman

    Losing Judy Baar Topinka, an everywoman
    You know this if you were a close friend of hers or if you just saw it on a TV commercial: Nobody appreciated a good yard sale more than Judy Baar Topinka did. It wasn’t just campaign shtick. It was true. She could be deep in conversation about...
  • Speaker Madigan rules out special session on Topinka successor

    Speaker Madigan rules out special session on Topinka successor
    House Speaker Michael Madigan on Thursday effectively ruled out any quick action by lawmakers to meet in a special legislative session to try to force a special election for Illinois comptroller following the death of Republican Judy Baar Topinka....
  • In Judy Baar Topinka's honor, eliminate her office

    In Judy Baar Topinka's honor, eliminate her office
    The tragic death of beloved Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka has been followed, predictably, by much speculation about who should replace her and how that person will be chosen. But I believe it's more important for us to focus on what Comptroller...
  • 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...
  • Comptrollers seat

    Comptrollers seat
    Since the untimely passing of freshly re-elected Illinois State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka there has no end of ideas and suggestions as to whom current Illinois Governor Pat Quinn should appoint. Or for how long the appointment will last.  Since losing...