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Federal Judge Blasts Illinois For Not Making All Ordered Payments

U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman broached the subject of holding the state in contempt of court. She ultimately ordered the Illinois state comptroller’s office to determine within 48 hours which providers of service to developmentally disabled residents must be funded despite an ongoing budget impasse.

08/27/2015

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Comptroller: Illinois On Pace To Rack Up $5B Deficit

Munger’s office said Tuesday it doesn’t have enough money to write timely checks to service providers even on court-ordered payments.

08/25/2015

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Judge: Illinois Can’t Pay Workers In Full Without State Budget

The stakes just got higher in the battle over the state budget. A Cook County judge has ruled that Illinois cannot keep paying its state employees their full salaries without a budget in place, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

07/07/2015

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan (R) makes an announcement with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder at the Treasury Department April 6, 2009 in Washington, DC. The leaders announced a new effort to align responses from federal law enforcement agencies, state investigators and prosecutors, civil enforcement authorities and the private sector to protect homeowners seeking assistance under the Administration's Making Home Affordable program from people looking to perpetrate predatory schemes. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Attorney General Madigan Seeks Court Guidance On Illinois Bills

Attorney General Lisa Madigan has asked a judge to clarify what state government is obligated to pay even though lawmakers and the governor have not approved a budget for the fiscal year that began July 1.

07/07/2015

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Attorney General Madigan Asks Judge To OK Payments Without State Budget

Democrat Lisa Madigan announced Thursday that she has been working with Comptroller Leslie Munger to identify essential services that can be funded without appropriation authority from the General Assembly.

07/02/2015

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Comptroller Munger: Without Budget, State Payments To Stop

Illinois State Comptroller Leslie Munger told reporters Wednesday that if lawmakers can’t agree on a budget before the start of the July 1 fiscal year, state workers will start missing paychecks July 15 and state vendors won’t receive payments.

06/10/2015

Governor Bruce Rauner waits for the arrival of  President Barack Obama at the Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy on February 19, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Obama used the event to designate Chicago's historic Pullman district a national monument. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Rauner Orders State To Divert ‘Fair Share’ Fees From Unions

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, dogged in attempts to eliminate fees paid to unions by workers who choose not to join, has instructed state agencies to divert money from nonunion employee paychecks away from organized labor until a judge settles the matter.

03/20/2015

Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans (left) will swear in Jerry Stermer (right) as Illinois State Comptroller, succeeding the late Judy Baar Topinka. Stermer has been serving as Gov. Pat Quinn's chief of staff. (Credit: CBS)

Quinn Appoints Top Aide Jerry Stermer As Topinka Successor

Gov. Pat Quinn has tapped his budget director, Jerry Stermer, as temporary successor to the late Judy Baar Topinka as state comptroller.

12/19/2014

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Quinn Calling For Special Session To Set Up Special Election For Topinka’s Seat

Gov. Pat Quinn was moving to call a special session of the Illinois General Assembly next month to vote on legislation to set up a special election in 2016 for the Illinois State Comptroller’s office.

12/18/2014

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Remembering Judy Baar Topinka: “Judy Had No Rival”

The people who knew the late Judy Baar Topinka best were gathering Wednesday to share stories and celebrate her life, a week after the longtime Illinois politician died of complications from a stroke.

12/17/2014

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AG Madigan Weighs In On Topinka Vacancy

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan urged lawmakers Monday to let voters choose a replacement for the late Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka in 2016 after outgoing Gov. Pat Quinn and Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner make separate appointments to fill the job in the interim.

12/15/2014

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Quinn In No Rush To Appoint Topinka’s Successor

Gov. Pat Quinn said the people of Illinois should reflect on the life of the late Judy Baar Topinka before there’s any public discussion about appointing her successor as state comptroller.

12/10/2014

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Remembering Judy Baar Topinka: Outspoken Illinois Trailblazer, “Polka Queen”

CHICAGO (CBS) — Politicians across the state are paying tribute to Illinois State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, who has died at age 70. The first woman to be elected Illinois State Treasurer and Illinois State […]

12/10/2014

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Illinois State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka Dies At 70

Illinois State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, a brash pioneer for women in Illinois politics, died early Wednesday, less than a day after suffering a stroke

12/10/2014

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Topinka: Looming $2B Drop In Revenue A ‘Heart Attack’ For State Finances

Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka is warning of “a $2 billion collapse” next year when the state’s temporary income tax increase begins to roll back.

07/09/2014

Sheila Simon

Simon Non-Committal On Quinn’s Income Tax Plan

Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon, who is running for Illinois State Comptroller, had some praise for Gov. Pat Quinn’s budget plan on Friday, but she stopped short of endorsing his plan to make a 2011 income tax hike permanent.

03/28/2014

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Sheriff’s Deputies, State Comptroller Checking Harvey’s Financial Records

Cook County Sheriff’s deputies and auditors with the Illinois State Comptroller’s office took the unprecedented step of going into Harvey’s city hall to check financial records, and make sure it files overdue audits.

03/21/2014

Sheila Simon

Simon To Run For State Comptroller

Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon ended five months of uncertainty about her political future on Wednesday by launching her 2014 bid for Illinois state comptroller, likely setting her up for a tough race against one of the state’s most successful Republican officeholders.

07/31/2013

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Topinka Won’t Pay Lawmakers’ Salaries, But Slams Quinn Veto As ‘Blackmail’

Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka said Thursday that she has no choice but to withhold lawmakers’ paychecks, citing a precedent-setting court case that bars her from paying state employees without a budget appropriation or court order.

07/25/2013

Judy Baar Topinka (Photo From Judy Baar Topinka Website)

Topinka: Cullerton Pension Plan ‘A Pretty Good Compromise’

Illinois State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka threw her support behind Senate President John Cullerton’s pension plan on Tuesday, calling it the best bet for solving the state’s $100 billion pension crisis.

06/05/2013

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