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Judy Baar Topinka

Republicans say they have momentum to end Dem control

SPRINGFIELD | Republicans took over the Illinois State Fairgrounds Thursday saying 2014 will be the year they break a decade-long Democratic stranglehold on power in state government.

August 14, 2014 6:42 pm

Video injects controversy into comptroller race

The sleepy race to become Illinois' next comptroller received a jolt last week when a video surfaced showing incumbent Judy Baar Topinka talking with Gov. Pat Quinn about her son.

July 21, 2014 12:00 am

Senate makes little progress on big issues

It was supposed to be the Illinois Senate’s time to bask in the spotlight.

April 28, 2013 6:00 pm

Illinois comptroller: Fiscal cliff will cost state

CHICAGO | Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka estimated Friday there will be a $1 billion impact on the state budget if Congress and President Barack Obama don't strike a deal before the deadline to stop the scheduled federal spending cuts and tax increases.

December 28, 2012 8:30 pm

Wis. gov. takes another poke at Illinois

SPRINGFIELD | After several quiet weeks, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Thursday fired another salvo in his border war against Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn.

April 29, 2011 7:15 pm

Lame-duck lawmakers ponder next moves

SPRINGFIELD | The income tax hike may be the talk of the state, but lame-duck lawmakers who voted for the increase believe the time for talk had ended and action needed to be taken.

January 26, 2011 12:00 am

Old overdue bills still an issue for Illinois

SPRINGFIELD | The state's stack of unpaid bills will soon double despite an income tax increase, according to state Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka.

January 24, 2011 12:00 am

New comptroller bashes tax hike

SPRINGFIELD | On her third day in office, new Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka strongly criticized the 66 percent personal income tax increase signed into law by Gov. Pat Quinn.

January 18, 2011 12:00 am

GOP back on state's big stage

SPRINGFIELD | Illinois government is no longer an all-Democrat show.

January 16, 2011 12:00 am

Illinois General Assembly's fall veto session starts Tuesday

SPRINGFIELD | With the election now over and Democrats still in control of state government, it's almost time for lawmakers and Gov. Pat Quinn to get back to business.

November 15, 2010 12:00 am

Higher gas prices don't mean more money for state

SPRINGFIELD | Higher prices at the pump won't necessarily produce a significant influx of tax revenue for the cash-strapped state, a new report notes.

November 12, 2010 12:00 am

Rutherford, Topinka: No blank checks for Quinn

SPRINGFIELD | Democrats will control most of the process to craft a state budget next year. But the only two Republicans to win a statewide office last week say they will have their say as well.

November 10, 2010 12:00 am

Quinn's win highlights difficult downstate battle

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. | Gov. Pat Quinn may have been elected to a full term as governor, but if results hold, he only managed to win a majority of voters in three out of Illinois' 102 counties.

November 08, 2010 12:00 am

Election doesn't break Democratic hold on Illinois government

SPRINGFIELD | After months of intense campaigning and millions of dollars spent trying to win votes, state government appeared to be awfully familiar after the ballots were counted.

November 07, 2010 12:00 am

Despite tight races, turnout may be under 50 percent

SPRINGFIELD | Time is ticking down for Illinoisans to make up their minds.

October 31, 2010 12:00 am

Treasurer’s race highlights down ballot battles

SPRINGFIELD | Democrat Alexi Giannoulias' bid to become Illinois' junior U.S. senator has triggered a spirited and potentially expensive battle for his current job as state treasurer.

October 26, 2010 12:00 am

Comptroller candidate raises TIF concerns

SPRINGFIELD | The Democratic candidate for state comptroller says he wants to shine more light on an economic development tool he says may be diverting tax dollars from more important programs.

September 16, 2010 12:00 am
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