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Wednesday, Dec 10, 2014 at 4:18 PM

Rauner Wants Quinn to Appoint Temp. Topinka Replacement

Hours after news broke that Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka had unexpectedly passed away Wednesday, Governor-elect Bruce Rauner said he wants Gov. Pat Quinn to appoint Topinka’s Chief of Staff Nancy Kimme... Read »

Wednesday, Dec 10, 2014 at 12:43 PM

Obama Library: Rahm Gives UIC a Boost in Bidding War

Obama Library: Rahm Gives UIC a Boost in Bidding War

If you're following the intense bidding war to snap up the Barack Obama's library and museum, then you know that the University of Chicago—where the presidence taught constitutional law—commands the edge.... Read »

Wednesday, Dec 10, 2014 at 3:25 PM

City Council: Taxis, PetCoke & Cardinal George

City Council: Taxis, PetCoke & Cardinal George

The Chicago City Council meets for the last time this year on Wednesday morning to address a range of legislation from lesser restrictions on taxi drivers to a crackdown on South Side stockpiles of petroleum... Read »

Wednesday, Dec 10, 2014 at 10:09 AM

Who Will Replace Judy Baar Topinka?

Political sources tell NBC Chicago that Attorney General Lisa Madigan has been asked for her legal opinion. Read »

Wednesday, Dec 10, 2014 at 8:20 AM

Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka Dies at 70

Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka has died at the age of 70 from complications from stroke, her office said early Wednesday. Read »

Wednesday, Dec 10, 2014 at 6:11 PM

Politicians, Citizens React to Illinois Comptroller's Death

Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka died early Wednesday after having a stroke a day earlier. She was 70 years old. Read »

Wednesday, Dec 10, 2014 at 6:50 AM
Former Governor Recalls Topinka

Former Governor Recalls Topinka 'Sewer' Tale

Former Illinois Gov. Jim Thompson said Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka once gave him a personal tour of the Berwyn sewer system. Watch »

Wednesday, Dec 10, 2014 at 6:05 AM
House Republican Leader on Topinka Death

House Republican Leader on Topinka Death

Illinois State Rep. Tom Cross (R-Lockport) says Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, who died early Wednesday, was "refreshingly honest" and a woman who cared "about Illinois and about doing the right... Watch »

Wednesday, Dec 10, 2014 at 5:45 AM

Nov. 2014: Topinka Wins Second Term as Comptroller

Judy Baar Topinka, a Republican, won a second term last month in a tough race with Democratic challenger Sheila Simon, the former lieutenant governor.

Wednesday, Dec 10, 2014 at 2:11 AM

Mayor Emanuel Challenges Willie Wilson's Petitions

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is challenging the validity of thousands of opponent Willie Wilson's nominating petitions after the local businessman came up with 43,000 signatures in just five days. Read »

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