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  • Illinois governors have filled 16 vacancies since 1848 Dec 11, 2014 4:52 PM
    Illinois governors have filled 16 vacancies in statewide offices since 1848. None is as unusual as the one left this week by the death of Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka.

  • Memorial service for Topinka set for Wednesday Dec 11, 2014 5:26 PM
    A public memorial service for late Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka is scheduled for next week. The comptroller’s office says the memorial service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at Operating Engineers’ Local 150 headquarters in Countryside.

  • Approved state checks limited after Topinka’s death Dec 11, 2014 5:27 PM
    As state officials contemplate replacing late Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, the clock is running down for those dependent on the checks the office issues. There are a limited number of checks she approved before her death, raising the specter of a possible funding gap for schools and social service agencies should a successor not be chosen quickly.

  • Judy Baar Topinka remembered as good-humored truth-teller Dec 11, 2014 5:03 AM
    Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka died early Wednesday, less than 24 hours after having a stroke, according to her office. Tributes have been pouring in since. “Never without her signature sense of humor, Judy was a force of nature,” Gov. Pat Quinn said in a statement.

  • Images: Judy Baar Topinka through the years Dec 10, 2014 8:53 AM
    Images of Judy Baar Topkina through the years. The Illinois comptroller died early Wednesday. She was 70.

  • Cross clings to narrow lead for state treasurer; Topinka edges Simon Nov 5, 2014 6:55 AM
    With most of the vote counted, former House Republican Leader Tom Cross took a narrow lead over state Sen. Mike Frerichs in their battle for state treasurer. In other state offices, Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka edged Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon for re-election, and incumbent Democrats Jesse White and Lisa Madigan easily won re-election as secretary of state and attorney general.

  • Our endorsement: Topinka for state comptroller Oct 13, 2014 12:02 PM
    The Daily Herald recommends Republican Judy Baar Topinka for Illinois comptroller.

  • Judy Baar Topinka: Candidate Profile Oct 10, 2014 3:51 PM
    Candidate information for Judy Baar Topinka, running for Comptroller

  • Sheila Simon: Candidate Profile Oct 10, 2014 3:51 PM
    Candidate information for Sheila Simon, running for Comptroller

  • Timothy Goodcase: Candidate Profile Oct 10, 2014 3:54 PM
    Candidate information for Timothy Goodcase, running for Comptroller

  • Julie Fox: Candidate Profile Oct 10, 2014 3:54 PM
    Candidate information for Julie Fox, running for Comptroller

  • Topinka deflects criticism, seeks second comptroller term Sep 23, 2014 10:13 PM
    Judy Baar Topinka says she likes public service after serving as state treasurer and now seeks a second term as state comptroller against opponent Democrat Sheila Simon. But the Republican from Riverside has fended off criticism from Simon on several issues, including trying to get her son a job.

  • Simon calls for increased efficiency by comptroller Aug 21, 2014 5:30 AM
    Sheila Simon, Democratic candidate for comptroller and current lieutenant governor, tells the Daily Herald editorial board she'd end a consumer affairs office that duplicates services available in other state offices but would not necessarily merge the comptroller and treasurer as opponent Judy Baar Topinka suggests.

  • Illinois comptroller rivals differ on merger idea Aug 3, 2014 6:13 PM
    The two candidates seeking the job of writing checks in a state notoriously behind in paying bills differ on a big issue hovering over the state comptroller’s office — whether to eliminate it by merging it with the treasurer’s office. Republican incumbent Judy Baar Topinka said it’s a no-brainer, since combining offices saves money, but her Democratic challenger, Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon, said there are other ways to cut costs. The two explained their positions in an Associated Press candidate questionnaire focused on the matchup between the GOP veteran and the daughter of the late Democratic U.S. Sen. Paul Simon, which promises to be one of Illinois’ most watched November contests.

  • Topinka: Income tax rollback means ‘$2 billion collapse’ Jul 9, 2014 4:42 PM
    State 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. Lawmakers approved a temporary income tax hike in 2011. But it’s set to decrease from 5 percent to 3.75 percent in January.

  • Simon, husband report $208,000 in Illinois income Apr 14, 2014 4:22 PM
    Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon and her husband earned $208,000 during 2013 and paid $44,000 in state and federal taxes. The candidate for state comptroller released her tax return and a statement of financial interest Monday.

  • Comptroller Simon: Candidate Profile Oct 9, 2014 11:22 AM
    Candidate information for Comptroller Simon, running for Comptroller

  • Comptroller Goodcase: Candidate Profile Oct 9, 2014 11:32 AM
    Candidate information for Comptroller Goodcase, running for Comptroller

  • Comptroller Fox: Candidate Profile Oct 9, 2014 11:31 AM
    Candidate information for Comptroller Fox, running for Comptroller

  • Comptroller Topinka: Candidate Profile Oct 9, 2014 11:22 AM
    Candidate information for Comptroller Topinka, running for Comptroller

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