Obama, Illinois politicians stunned by Topinka's death

  • Illinois Republican gubernatorial hopeful Judy Baar Topinka and supporters at her campaign party as they wait for final results in the state's primary election in March 2006. Topinka died early Wednesday morning after suffering a stroke.

    Illinois Republican gubernatorial hopeful Judy Baar Topinka and supporters at her campaign party as they wait for final results in the state's primary election in March 2006. Topinka died early Wednesday morning after suffering a stroke. Associated Press/March 2006

 
Daily Herald Staff report
Updated 12/10/2014 6:56 PM

Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka died Wednesday after suffering a stroke. Tributes have been pouring in since the news was announced.

President Barack Obama: "She was blunt, pragmatic, unfailingly cheerful and energetic, and always willing to put politics aside to find common-sense solutions that made a difference for the people of Illinois. She will be greatly missed. Michelle and I extend our deepest sympathies to Judy's family, friends and constituents today."

 

Gov. Pat Quinn: "Never without her signature sense of humor, Judy was a force of nature. She left her mark on the state she has called home her entire life. Her leadership improved Illinois and paved the way for countless women in politics."

Republican Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner: "Illinois lost one of its all-time greats. Comptroller Topinka's magnetic, one-of-a-kind personality brought a smile to everyone she met, and she had a servant's heart, always only caring about what was best for the people of our state."

Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford: "She was a trailblazer for women in public service in Illinois, and in general. My heart and prayers are with comptroller's family and staff at this time."

Secretary of State Jesse White: "She was a great leader and a straight shooter who served Illinois with dignity. This is a sad day for Illinois and for me personally. She will be dearly missed."

Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno: "She never labored for being a kind, honest, tolerant, lighthearted person."

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