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Judy Baar Topinka

Rauer's Anti-Madigan Mailers Show Political Strategy

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 07.21.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

With Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's major political cash reserves, his campaign can continue, even six months after he was sworn in as governor.

Rauner Announces Comptroller Appointment While Quinn Calls Special Session to Discuss His Own Appointment

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 03.08.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Illinois Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner has announced he will appoint former Helene Curtis/Unilever executive Leslie Munger to replace the state's late compt...

Shaw: The best way to honor Topinka is to implement her idea

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 03.07.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Though Illinois' late Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka won't serve the term she was elected to in November, her views could still make an impact on the o...

After Topinka, who will keep Illinois politicians honest?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 02.22.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Illinois government still is experiencing a void where the late Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka's frank voice used to be. Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Dou...

Would the Real Pat Quinn Please Stand Up?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 02.14.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Please bear with me as I make a long wind-up for a simple pitch. The pitch is: I've always thought Pat Quinn was a pretty decent guy. Honest, sincere, well-meaning and not self-aggrandizing. Lately, though, Quinn has given me reason to wonder.

Illinois and U.S. Politicians Remember Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 02.11.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

While the identity of her successor remains a mystery, Illinois continues to remember the life and governmental career of state Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka. Recollections came in from prominent political figures, including Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and even President Obama.

Remembering One Of The Gay Rights Movement's Most Exuberant GOP Supporters

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 12.11.2014 | Gay Voices

As Illinois continues to mourn the passing of comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, one of the state’s most universally admired elected officials, a key fa...

Illinois Remembers the Life of Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 02.09.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka died Dec. 10 at the age of 70 after suffering a stroke the day before. She had just been elected to her second term as comptroller in November and was the only woman in Illinois to ever hold two constitutional state offices, as comptroller and treasurer.

IRMA President: Illinois' Fight on Patent Trolls Must Move to the Federal Level

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.14.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Though Illinois has passed laws against patent-trolling shakedowns, the head of the Illinois Retail Merchants Association believes this is a battle only the federal government can fight.

Which Illinois Governor Candidate Do Voters Think Is More Trustworthy?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.09.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Rauner points to the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative and strongly hints in attack ads that Quinn released murderers early from prison in 2009. Quinn paints Rauner as a plutocrat who doesn't understand regular people and strongly hints in his attack ads that Rauner personally defrauded elderly people.

Republicans Lead in Illinois Governor and Comptroller Races, Say Polls

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.03.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Perhaps the most remarkable result of the new poll was Quinn's strong showing in suburban Cook County, where he finished half a point ahead of Rauner. In the previous two Reboot Illinois polls, Rauner had led Quinn -- by 8 points in June and 2 in July.

Illinois Lawmaker Denies Making The Least Subtle Patronage Request Ever

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics

Patronage requests are usually made quietly, perhaps in a smoke-filled back room, but one Illinois Republican appears to have brought sunlight to the ...

Exclusive Reboot Illinois Poll: Two Political Heavyweights Are Squaring Off in the Comptroller Race. Who's Got the Early Lead?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.23.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

The contest for Illinois State Comptroller finds two candidates with long, deep party pedigrees facing off. One is the incumbent comptroller, the other has been the lieutenant governor for the past four years.

Mad As Hell? Don't Just Yell: Use Reboot Illinois' New Sound Off Tool

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.17.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Our state's in sorry shape. Debt's growing. Higher taxes are looming. You're mad as hell, now who do you tell? Introducing: Sound Off.

My Top Quotes in Illinois

Madison Bondi | Posted 10.28.2013 | Chicago
Madison Bondi

Only at the Illinois State Fair can you find corn dogs, politicians, and a 500-lb cow made of butter, all in the same place. Needless to say, it has been an exciting couple of weeks in Illinois, from our heated income tax debate to more messy Metra news, I don't know where to start!

GOP Day at IL State Fair: 4 Gov Candidates Square Off

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.16.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Republicans this year are giddy about their chances for retaking the governorship for the first time since Rod Blagojevich's victory in 2002.

Bruce Rauner: I'm Ready to Fight Unions

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.14.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Illinois has never seen a candidate for governor like Republican hopeful Bruce Rauner. The Chicago venture capitalist has nearly endless wealth he could put into his campaign. He has no experience in elected office.

Who's Connected to Whom and How in the Lawmaker Pay Lawsuit?

Madeleine Doubek | Posted 10.14.2013 | Chicago
Madeleine Doubek

Sometimes you need a flowchart to understand all the connections between public figures in Illinois. That certainly could be useful in the case of the suit filed by Senate President John Cullerton and House Speaker Michael Madigan against Gov. Pat Quinn.

Madigans' Summer Blockbuster: Conflicted

Madeleine Doubek | Posted 10.12.2013 | Chicago
Madeleine Doubek

In the latest chapter of the Madigan summer blockbuster, House Speaker Michael Madigan revealed to the world that his daughter, Lisa, our attorney general, knew for many moons that her dad had no intention of retiring.

My Top Quotes in Illinois

Madison Bondi | Posted 10.01.2013 | Chicago
Madison Bondi

The pension crisis still has no solution, and as each day passes, the Illinois taxpayers are the ones who pay the piper -- literally. It's cost ‪‎taxpayers‬ $21 billion since 2000, and it's only getting worse.

More patronage outrage from Metra scandal

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.25.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

METRA OUTRAGE CONTINUES It turns out that the Metra employee for whom House Speaker Michael Madigan was trying to obtain a raise was already collectin...

Topinka: I'm Not Paying Any State Lawmakers Amid Pension Mess

Posted 07.25.2013 | Chicago

Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka on Thursday said she has no choice but to double down on Gov. Pat Quinn's previous ultimatum that state lawmake...

How Nonprofits and Government Can Work Together To Tackle Illinois Challenges

Valerie S. Lies | Posted 09.22.2013 | Chicago
Valerie S. Lies

Nonprofit organizations are a vital resource in Illinois, providing critical services to people across the state. But Illinois is the worst state in the nation -- by a wide margin -- when it comes to overdue bills to nonprofits.

Senator's Daughter Challenges 'Kooky Old Aunt'

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics

The Illinois lieutenant governor is seeking to unseat the Republican state comptroller, who former Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) once described as a "kooky...

Metra scandal: Clout, connections, family ties

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.16.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

METRA AND THE MADIGANS With a $718,000 buyout that required the recipient never to divulge why he was being bought out, the Metra scandal already cont...