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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

Money

Topinka, Simon Unveil Separate Taxpayer Transparency Programs

In a case of dueling transparency, both the comptroller and her challenger introduced new programs to let taxpayers know where their money is and where it’s going, reports WBBM’s John Cody.

02/03/2014

Capitol Hill

Demonstrators Call On Congress To Pass Immigration Reform

Marches and rallies are being held across the country today, to pressure Congress to get back to work and to pass the immigration reform bill that cleared the Senate

10/05/2013

Judy Baar Topinka (Photo From Judy Baar Topinka Website)

Topinka Announces Re-Election Bid For Illinois Comptroller

Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, a Republican, has declared her run for re-election next year.

09/15/2013

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

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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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Topinka: Pension Bill Has Promise

It’s being hailed as one of the most workable solutions to the state’s $95 billion dollar pension mess, and it could get a vote this week.

03/19/2013

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Female Firefighters Honored At Thompson Center

One by one they were called out, 14 firefighters, all of them women. During this, women’s History Month, State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka homered them for climbing the ranks.

03/19/2013

Judy Baar Topinka (Photo From Judy Baar Topinka Website)

Topinka Warns Of Devastating Effects From Fiscal Cliff

Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka says the state will face devastating consequences if the federal government goes over the fiscal cliff.

12/28/2012

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Topinka: Taxpayers Should Be Worried About Credit Downgrade For Illinois

Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka says people should be very fearful about the downgrading of the state’s bond rating by Standard & Poor’s.

08/30/2012

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Topinka: New Web Portal Allows The Public To Monitor State’s Finances

Illinois State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka has launched a new Web site that allows the public, government watchdogs, and the media to follow the state’s finances more easily.

CBS Chicago–04/03/2012

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

Judy Baar Topinka (Photo From Judy Baar Topinka Website)

Topinka: Illinois’ Unpaid Bill Crisis Just Keeps Getting Worse

Illinois keeps falling farther behind on its debt, and Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka says it’s even worse than it appears.

CBS Chicago–01/19/2012

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Topinka: 15 To 20 Years Is Appropriate For Blagojevich

Illinois State Comptroller Judy Barr Topinka, who ran unsuccessfully against Rod Blagojevich for governor in 2006, now says he deserves the 15 to 20-year sentence prosecutors are seeking.

CBS Chicago–12/01/2011

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

Mayor Rahm Emanuel appears at a Chicago public school Thursday as he announces cuts in the school budget. (CBS)

Emanuel Blames State Government For Aggravating School Budget Deficit

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his new schools CEO took a knife to the Chicago Public Schools budget Thursday, but they also took a shot at state government for making the financial crisis worse.

06/02/2011

Judy Baar Topinka (Photo From Judy Baar Topinka Website)

Topinka: State Can’t Keep Borrowing

Critics say the State of Illinois is robbing Peter to pay Paul in its plans to borrow money to balance the state budget, and now, Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka is calling for major changes.

CBS Chicago–04/28/2011

Photo Of $20 And $10 Bills. (AP Photo)

Illinois’ Overdue Bills Reach More Than $6 Billion

The state is more than $4.5 billion behind in payments to doctors, hospitals, school districts, universities and businesses, according to state Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka.

04/12/2011

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

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