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By Erin Carlson

Judy Baar Topinka's Hot Mic Gaffe Flares Up Illinois Comptroller Race

Judy Baar Topinka's Hot Mic Gaffe Flares Up Illinois Comptroller Race

Caught making an apparent clout request during a media event, Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka has learned a valuable lesson: Always think before you speak, especially when your mic's still hot. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 29, 2013 at 7:29 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Website Allows Taxpayers to Track Their Dollars

Website Allows Taxpayers to Track Their Dollars

The Warehouse allows residents to search the financial records of their local government. Read »

Friday, Sep 27, 2013 at 10:32 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Time to Try Another Tactic on Pension Reform

Opinion: Time to Try Another Tactic on Pension Reform

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn’s bold move back in July to withhold all legislators’ pay until they solved the state’s pension crisis certainly looked good at the time. But now, things have changed. Read »

Friday, Aug 9, 2013 at 6:34 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Sheila Simon: Not As Much Fun To Watch As Judy Baar Topinka

Sheila Simon: Not As Much Fun To Watch As Judy Baar Topinka

Sheila Simon releases her first campaign video, which is less entertaining than watching Judy Baar Topinka smoke a cigarette. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 31, 2013 at 9:10 PM
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By Kerry Lester

Lawmakers to Miss Paychecks Over Pensions

Lawmakers to Miss Paychecks Over Pensions

Illinois lawmakers were set to lose their paychecks Thursday barring a court's intervention, but there still appeared to be no end in sight to a stalemate over the state's $100 billion pension mess that prompted... Read »

Thursday, Jul 25, 2013 at 1:55 PM
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By Associated Press

Topinka Says She Can't Pay Illinois Lawmakers

Topinka Says She Can't Pay Illinois Lawmakers

Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka says she has no choice but to withhold paychecks from Illinois lawmakers and Gov. Pat Quinn says she's just following the Illinois Constitution. Read »

Friday, Dec 28, 2012 at 8:12 PM
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By Kim Vatis
      

What the Fiscal Cliff Could Mean for Illinois

"At some point, we won't be worth paper that the word Illinois is written on," Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka said from her Chicago office. Read »

Friday, Dec 30, 2011 at 2:32 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Madigan Blocking Consolidation of Treasurer, Comptroller

Madigan Blocking Consolidation of Treasurer, Comptroller

The speaker's excuse? Orville Hodge, a corrupt state auditor from the 1950s. Read »

Wednesday, Dec 7, 2011 at 6:06 PM
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By Alise Blunk

Politicos React, Skewer Blago

Politicos React, Skewer Blago

"The former Governor will now have plenty of time to consider his performance over these years and quietly assess the consequences of his actions," said Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 12, 2011 at 2:21 PM
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By Lisa Balde
      

Quinn to Sign Tax Hike Soon

Governor not sure about abolishing death penalty, though. Read »

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