The 65-year-old with 30 years of political experience is bouncing back from a failed 2006 governer's race against Rod Blagojevich.
Topinka began her career in 1980, serving two terms in the Illinois House of Representatives and ten years as State Senator. In 1994, she became the first woman in Illinois history to be elected Illinois State Treasurer. Two years later she became the first woman to be re-elected to a statewide office. Her third term in 2002 made her the first State Treasurer to win three consecutive terms.
Topinka earned a B.S. degree in 1966 from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. She spent 11 years as a reporter an editor for several award-winning community newspapers, according to her campaign site. Topinka is campaigning for State Comptroller to "help restore public confidence in the management of tax dollars and to demand real transparency and reform."
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Campaign Site: http://www.judybaartopinka.com/