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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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  • 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...
  • Illinois treasurer's race tight as election nears

     Illinois treasurer's race tight as election nears
    Republican Tom Cross has a slim lead over Democrat Mike Frerichs in the race for Illinois treasurer, but as the race comes down to the wire, 1 in 5 voters remain undecided, a new Chicago Tribune poll shows. The survey found Cross, a state...
  • Simon hits Topinka on aides' lucrative 2nd jobs

    Simon hits Topinka on aides' lucrative 2nd jobs
    Democratic challenger Sheila Simon on Thursday criticized Republican Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka for her role as president of a federally funded nonprofit that paid two key comptroller staffers more than $50,000 a year for part-time work on top of their...
  • Simon, Topinka face off in comptroller race

    Simon, Topinka face off in comptroller race
    Overshadowed by the governor's race, the candidates running for state comptroller are trying to distinguish themselves to voters by talking more about each other's qualifications and character than the often-overlooked job they seek. That's partly...
  • Troubled Harvey police will be scrutinized by sheriff

     Troubled Harvey police will be scrutinized by sheriff
    In a suburb the Tribune found was arguably the area's most lawless, Harvey's City Council has defied the mayor and invited the sheriff to assess a Police Department long plagued by scandals and sloppy casework. The move caps a yearlong push by Cook...
  • Illinois Libertarians don't deserve your vote

    Illinois Libertarians don't deserve your vote
    I am wincing as I type this: Don't vote for the Libertarian slate Tuesday — but not because the governor candidate, Chad Grimm, would pull votes from Republican Bruce Rauner. In fact, vote for Democrat Pat Quinn if you're wavering. Quinn or Rauner...