Judy Baar Topinka

The auditorium on the second floor of the Riverside Town Hall might be named after the late Judy Baar Topinka, on the recommendation of a township committee. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya/WBBM)

Riverside Town Hall Won’t Bear Topinka’s Name, But Auditorium Might

Officials in Riverside Township want to name something in honor of late Illinois State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, a Riverside native, but it won’t be the historic town hall. It might be the auditorium, instead.

07/02/2015

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Democratic-Controlled Legislature OKs Special Election To Fill Vacancy Left By Topinka

GOP lawmakers say the idea for the 2016 contest is a purely political move to help Democrats capture the seat. The late Judy Baar Topinka was a Republican.

01/08/2015

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Governor-Elect Rauner To Appoint Leslie Munger For Comptroller

Governor-elect Bruce Rauner announced Monday that he will appoint Leslie Munger to the state comptroller office, filling the vacancy left by the death of Judy Baar Topinka.

01/05/2015

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

Illinois State Capitol

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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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

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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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

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