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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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  • Illinois tax refunds to come with state spending information

    Illinois tax refunds to come with state spending information
    Illinois taxpayers will get a little something extra with their tax refunds in 2014: a one-page sheet from Republican Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka that offers a broad overview of how state government spends money.  The flier will be sent to those who...
  • Thwarting Quinn, judge orders legislators paid -- with interest

    Thwarting Quinn, judge orders legislators paid -- with interest
    Dealt a loss in his attempt to wipe out lawmakers' paychecks, Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn will try to put the ruling on ice Friday as he attempts to kick up to the Illinois Supreme Court the legal question of whether his move was constitutional. Those...
  • First hearing today in state lawmaker paycheck case

    First hearing today in state lawmaker paycheck case
    House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton stepped up their effort Monday to persuade a judge to pay all 177 lawmakers even though Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed their salaries for failing to rein in Illinois' worst-in-the-nation pension...
  • Republican governor candidates make pitches at State Fair

    Republican governor candidates make pitches at State Fair
    SPRINGFIELD -- Out-of-power Republicans rolled out four candidates for governor at an Illinois State Fair rally Thursday that focused on regaining relevance by taking back the state's top job. The contenders come with resumes as varied as the flavors of...
  • Judge denies Quinn request to block lawmaker pay

    Judge denies Quinn request to block lawmaker pay
    A Cook County judge today denied a request by Gov. Pat Quinn to put on hold his ruling ordering state lawmakers' paychecks to be issued. Quinn had vetoed lawmakers' salaries from the budget in July, saying they shouldn't be paid until they sent him a...
  • Topinka launches local government financial information site

    Topinka launches local government financial information site
    Republican Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka on Monday sought to strike back against the notion that she hasn't done enough to oversee spending by towns and cities across Illinois, launching a website she says will make it easier to see how taxpayer money...
  • Here's why putting the AG next in line for the governor's office could be a problem

     
    Under the amendment...the attorney general would be next in line if the governor died, quit or was removed from office. That makes a lot of sense. Candidates for attorney general are subject to far more voter scrutiny than those for......
  • They cannot stand Pat. But right's move to oust state GOP chair doomed to backfire

     
    Here's guessing that when the state's top Democrats gather these days, they're superstitiously avoiding mention of the coup attempt brewing in the Illinois GOP. Goodness knows they don't want to jinx it. The Illinois Republican State Central Committee has...
  • Worst vote ever?

     
    What’s the most regrettable vote you’ve ever cast? What were you thinking and why were you so wrong? Regular blog commenter Beth suggested this as a possibly educational essay assignment and I'm biting. My answer, as attentive readers know,...
  • Illinois Republicans rip Democrats ahead of pension special session

    Illinois Republicans rip Democrats ahead of pension special session
    SPRINGFIELD --- Republicans leaders today wasted no time laying the blame for the state's financial woes at the feet of powerful House Speaker Michael Madigan and his fellow Democrats, saying that now is the time to act like adults and pass sorely...
  • Illinois Republican chairman under fire for pro-gay marriage stance

    Illinois Republican chairman under fire for pro-gay marriage stance
    Illinois Republican Party leaders are scheduled to gather behind closed doors Saturday to discuss the fate of state GOP Chairman Pat Brady following his endorsement of same-sex marriage. But it’s unclear whether the Republican State Central...