CHICAGO (CBS) — Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, a Republican, has declared her run for re-election next year.

“We have to deal with the pension system. It’s unsustainable the way it is.”

Topinka’s Chicago announcement was at the Billy Goat Tavern near the United Center.

“What I’m asking for: your vote…

“If I get re-elected, and I hope you would do this – more accountability, increased efficiency, more standing up against those who would spend, borrow and tax… that’s preventing our state from being as good as its people.”

Democrat Sheila Simon – the lieutenant governor – has already declared her intention to run for comptroller.

After Topinka’s formal announcement, she was asked about Simon and Topinka told reporters: “I don’t wish her ill, but I’m going to win.”

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