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Quinn Calls Special Session for Comptroller Election



    Gov. Pat Quinn has called for a special session of the Illinois Legislature to approve a special election to choose a new Illinois comptroller following the death of Judy Baar Topinka.

    Quinn is said to be looking for someone who will "carry out Topinka’s role as a watchdog." He is expected to appoint someone to step in temporarily, but also wants voters to have the option to choose a successor to the comptroller in the 2016 statewide elections. 

    Memorial for Judy Baar Topinka

    [CHI] Memorial for Judy Baar Topinka
    More than a thousand people turned out Wednesday to pay tribute to Illinois' Comptroller, Judy Baar Topinka. NBC's Carol Marin reports.
    (Published Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014)

    Topinka died in early December after having a stroke. She won a second term as comptroller during last month's general election.

    Attorney General Lisa Madigan on Monday issued a ruling about Topinka’s successor. The governor’s staff notes that while Madigan sees two appointments – one for Quinn and one for Gov.-Elect Bruce Rauner – other legal experts believe that Quinn’s appointment will keep the comptroller job until there’s an election held.

    Last week, Rauner said he wanted Quinn to appoint Topinka’s Chief of Staff Nancy Kimme.

    The late comptroller was remembered at a memorial service Wednesday as a tough, honest leader with a signature sense of humor.

    Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka Passes Away

    [CHI] Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka Passes Away
    Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka died early Wednesday, fewer than 24 hours after having a stroke, according to her office. NBC5’s Political reporter Mary Ann Ahern has reaction on her passing.
    (Published Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014)

    Crowds filled the Operating Engineers' Local 150 headquarters in Countryside to pay respects. Individuals included the state's top leaders, lawmakers, local leaders and Illinoisans who knew her for more than 70 years.

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