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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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  • 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...
  • If Rauner wants a tax increase, he may have to beg

    If Rauner wants a tax increase, he may have to beg
    Say goodbye to the "Quinncome Tax." Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, a Chicago Democrat, told me during a conversation on the radio Tuesday evening that if Republican Bruce Rauner were elected governor (it was still early in the counting),...
  • Rauner names transition team leaders

    Rauner names transition team leaders
    While Republican Bruce Rauner remained out of the public eye Wednesday, he sought to show that work was going on behind the scenes by announcing key members of his team that would oversee transition efforts one day after claiming victory over Democratic...
  • Quinn concedes defeat to Rauner in Illinois governor's race

    Quinn concedes defeat to Rauner in Illinois governor's race
    Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn conceded Wednesday afternoon to Republican challenger Bruce Rauner, a day after the most expensive and bitter contest for chief executive in Illinois history. "It's clear that we do not have enough votes to win the election,"...