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Illinois State Comptroller

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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

Photo Of Cook County Sheriff's Police Patch (Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

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

Illinois State Capitol

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

Jennifer Edwards says the state kept docking her paycheck, even after she had paid off all of the money she owed for parking tickets, and has been told the problem might not be fixed for up to two months. (Credit: CBS)

State Worker: State Docking My Pay, Even After I Paid Off Debt

The city of Chicago has been going after state employees who owe money for unpaid parking tickets by taking money out of their paychecks, but one such employee said when the city got what it was owed from her, the state kept docking her paycheck.

CBS 2–07/11/2012

Gov. Pat Quinn speaks to reporters on Feb. 19, 2012, about his plan to ask many state agencies to cut their budgets by at least 9 percent when he presents annual budget address. (Credit: CBS)

Quinn Set To Announce Major Cuts To Medicaid

Gov. Pat Quinn said Monday that he plans to call for significant cuts to Medicaid funding as part of his effort to slash the state budget to spending levels lower than fiscal year 2008.

CBS Chicago–02/20/2012

Illinois State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka and Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford

Treasurer, Comptroller Back Down From Plan To Unify Offices

Illinois’ state treasurer and comptroller have given up, at least for now, on the idea of unifying their offices.

CBS Chicago–07/04/2011

Illinois State Senate

Illinois Senate OKs Treasurer-Comptroller Merger

Illinois senators have signed off on a proposal to allow voters to decide if the state should combine the two offices that handle state finances.

CBS Chicago–03/31/2011