Articles filed under Comptroller

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  • 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.

  • Judy Topinka: Candidate Profile Feb 14, 2014 10:41 PM
    Candidate information for Judy Topinka, running for Comptroller

  • Sheila Simon: Candidate Profile Feb 14, 2014 10:41 PM
    Candidate information for Sheila Simon, running for Comptroller

  • Focus of 2014 Illinois campaign shifts to Republicans Sep 24, 2013 7:20 AM
    The drama in the 2014 campaign for Illinois' statewide offices shifted substantially after the withdrawal of former White House chief of staff Bill Daley from the Democratic primary for governor. The focus on the state's top job now switches to the Republican side, where a four-way primary again threatens to split the GOP's main voting blocs.

  • Topinka says she’s running for re-election Sep 12, 2013 3:48 PM
    Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka says she’s hitting the road to announce her candidacy for re-election. Her trip starts Sunday in Chicago and ends Tuesday in Marion in southern Illinois.

  • Simon to run for state comptroller Jul 31, 2013 4:28 PM
    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. Simon, a Democrat, formally announced her plan during a campaign stop in downtown Chicago, where she vowed she would be “the most aggressive fiscal watchdog this state has ever seen.”

  • District 62 town hall meeting Jul 17, 2013 3:33 PM
    House District 62 state Rep. Sam Yingling hosts a town-hall meeting Thursday, July 18, in Round Lake Beach to discuss issues facing the state.

  • District 62 town hall meeting Jul 16, 2013 3:46 PM
    House District 62 State Rep. Sam Yingling hosts a town-hall meeting on Thursday, July 18, in Round Lake Beach to discuss issues facing the state.

  • Gar Forman, Judy Baar Topinka to speak at Buffalo Grove chamber events Jan 27, 2013 4:47 PM
    Gar Forman, general manager of the Chicago Bulls, is the scheduled speaker at the Buffalo Grove Area Chamber general membership meeting 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, at The Arboretum Club, 401 W. Half Day Road.The chamber also announced that state Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka will speak to a group of chambers at a special lunch 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, at Cotillion Banquets, 360 S. Creekside Drive in Palatine.

  • Soapbox: Getting with the cutting program Feb 11, 2011 6:17 PM
    The Daily Herald editors take on red lights, government spending, small acts of kindness and more in the weekly editorial Soapbox.

  • Topinka, in an ironic twist, called for jury duty Feb 9, 2011 6:40 PM
    State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka will be getting a taste of her own medicine, so to speak, on Monday. Almost 25 years after her legislation eliminating lawmakers and others from jury duty exemptions was passed, Topinka has been called to serve on Monday, Feb. 14 at the Markham Courthouse in south suburban Cook County.

  • Make these two statewide offices one Jan 13, 2011 3:32 PM
    daily editorialIn November, two Republicans crashed the four-year-long all-Democrat party in Illinois’ top offices. And they did it with a commitment to ensuring one of those offices won’t be around next election. Now, it’s time for them to make good on the promise.

  • Topinka, Madigan, White all winners in state races Nov 3, 2010 12:06 AM
    Republicans were poised to take over two state offices on Tuesday, possibly clearing the way for a merger of the positions. Judy Baar Topinka overcome a slow start on Tuesday to win the race for Illinois comptroller.

  • State comptroller: Topinka Oct 18, 2010 3:11 PM
    Those who have followed state politics the last 20 years know Republican Judy Baar Topinka is good for a colorful and feisty quote. The former legislator and three-term state treasurer also won’t be timid about finding ways to make the comptroller’s office, which oversees the check writing for the state, more efficient and influential.

  • Fox has background to be comptroller Oct 28, 2010 5:31 PM
    Another sign of voter anger is the number of third party candidates on the ballot. Third parties in Illinois overcame the incumbent protectionist signature requirements and frivolous petition challenges, mainly backed by Republicans.

  • Comptroller candidates spar over roadworker donation Oct 23, 2010 10:41 PM
    Illinois comptroller candidates are seeing red over a $5,000 donation from a construction company banned from government contracts. Democrat State Rep. David Miller calls the contribution tainted while Republican recipient Judy Baar Topinka of Riverside dismisses her rival's claims as a publicity stunt.

  • Treasurer candidates talk about merging offices Oct 8, 2010 3:48 PM
    Consolidating the Illinois comptroller and treasurer's offices is one of those evergreen ideas that keeps coming back into fashion especially around election time.

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