Topinka Announces Re-Election Bid For Illinois Comptroller

CHICAGO (CBS) — Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, a Republican, has declared her run for re-election next year.

“We have to deal with the pension system. It’s unsustainable the way it is.”

Topinka Announces Re-Election Bid For Illinois Comptroller

Topinka’s Chicago announcement was at the Billy Goat Tavern near the United Center.

“What I’m asking for: your vote…

“If I get re-elected, and I hope you would do this – more accountability, increased efficiency, more standing up against those who would spend, borrow and tax… that’s preventing our state from being as good as its people.”

Democrat Sheila Simon – the lieutenant governor – has already declared her intention to run for comptroller.

After Topinka’s formal announcement, she was asked about Simon and Topinka told reporters: “I don’t wish her ill, but I’m going to win.”

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