Judy Baar Topinka

Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans (left) will swear in Jerry Stermer (right) as Illinois State Comptroller, succeeding the late Judy Baar Topinka. Stermer has been serving as Gov. Pat Quinn’s chief of staff. (Credit: CBS)

Gov. Quinn Names Comptroller to Replace Topinka

Outgoing Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn tapped a member of his inner circle Friday to temporarily replace late Republican Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka.

12/19/2014

Illinois gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner leaves a campaign event on September 23, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois.   (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

GOP: Rauner Should Appoint Next Comptroller

Republican legislative leaders say the only way to name a four-year replacement for late Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka is through an appointment by Republican Governor-elect Bruce Rauner.

12/18/2014

Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka (Judy Baar Topinka Website)

UPDATED: Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka Dead at 70

Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka has died suddenly at the age of 70 after suffering a stroke.

12/10/2014

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Ill. Comptroller: Obama Library Should be Privately Funded

Judy Baar Topinka says she currently has more than $5 billion worth of unpaid bills sitting on her desk.

05/19/2014

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Illinois’ Past-Due Bills Fall to $7.6 Billion

Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka had estimated the backlog would be closer to the $9 billion owed at the end of 2012. But an unexpected $1.3 billion infusion of tax receipts last spring helped.

12/30/2013

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Illinois’ Past-Due Bills Climb Once More

Illinois’ comptroller says the state’s backlog of unpaid bills is growing again. The backlog has now grown to about $8.8 billion.

11/25/2013

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Illinois ‘Hot-Dog Seasoning Emergency’ Leads to No-Bid Contract

A contract for hot-dog spices had previously expired and a new one had not yet been put in place, leaving prison officials with no way to purchase the ingredients.

09/18/2013

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Illinois Ends Fiscal Year $6.1 billion In Red

Republican Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka warned that Illinois’ spring influx in unanticipated tax revenue will be short lived because of the state’s unresolved pension problem.

07/01/2013

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Some In Illinois Want Polling Places Out Of Schools

“Schools are sanctuaries for our children, and they are supposed to be, by design, a safe place,” says Illinois State Rep. Jack Franks.

03/06/2013

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Illinois Comptroller: Fiscal Cliff Will Cost State

Topinka estimated Social Security and income tax increases would lower Illinois tax revenues by up to $500 million.

12/28/2012

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