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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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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • New Rauner attack ad relies on made-up headlines

    New Rauner attack ad relies on made-up headlines
    Bruce Rauner debuted his latest attack ad against Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn on Wednesday — a TV spot called “Headlines” that relies in part on independent news stories but features headlines the Republican’s campaign made up and...
  • 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...
  • Topinka's 'heart attack' forecast a real grabber

    Topinka's 'heart attack' forecast a real grabber
    The main event in Illinois politics Monday evening was a televised debate between the top candidates for governor in the Nov. 4 election. But the undercard — a joint appearance on public TV by the candidates for state comptroller —...
  • 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...
  • Topinka predicts a state 'heart attack' if Rauner has his way on taxes

    Topinka predicts a state 'heart attack' if Rauner has his way on taxes
    More on the gubernatorial debate anon, but first, here is a quote from Republican Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka taken from her debate last night on WTTW-Ch. 11 with Democratic challenger Sheila Simon. Moderator Carol Marin asked whether the...
  • Tribune endorsements for treasurer, comptroller, secretary of state

    Tribune endorsements for treasurer, comptroller, secretary of state
    Quick quiz: What do the Illinois treasurer and comptroller actually do? We won't make you read tiny upside down print at the bottom of the page to get your answers: The treasurer invests taxpayer money after it's collected but before it gets spent....