Judy Baar Topinka

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

Judy Baar Topinka (Photo From Judy Baar Topinka Website)

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.


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.


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

Judy Baar Topinka (Photo From Judy Baar Topinka Website)

Topinka: Bankruptcy For Illinois A Bad Idea

Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka says the state should not even think about bankruptcy.

CBS Chicago–02/15/2011

Judy Baar Topinka (Photo From Judy Baar Topinka Website)

Topinka: Why Didn’t State Lawmakers Make Cuts?

The state’s new comptroller is incredulous that Illinois lawmakers would impose a whopping increase on taxpayers without passing a single budget cut.

WBBM Newsradio–01/12/2011

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RTA Budget Woes Close To Veering Out Of Control

The Seniors Ride Free program is only one of a number of financial issues facing the debt-ridden Regional Transportation Authority.

WBBM Newsradio–11/22/2010

Judy Baar Topinka (Photo From Judy Baar Topinka Website)

Democrat Miller Concedes In Comptroller’s Race

Democratic State Rep. David Miller has conceded in the race for Illinois comptroller.