The late Judy Baar Topinka was a frequent guest on the station. Riley & I enjoyed her upbeat attitude, her passion for her job, and the occasional dog barking in the background of the interview.

This week, we had our first opportunity to chat with her replacement, Illinois comptroller Leslie Munger. Munger joined the show to discuss her new job and the vast responsibility of determining which organizations receive payment from the state and which have to wait.

Munger, 58, oversaw the United States hair care business for Helene Curtis from 1984 to 2001 under former CEO Ron Gidwitz, who sought the Republican governor nomination in 2006 and is now a close Rauner adviser.


In a statement, Munger vowed to act as a “guardian” of taxpayer dollars, saying she is “not interested in a political career” and would work to get an amendment on the 2016 ballot to merge the comptroller and treasurer’s offices — which Topinka advocated.

Here's our full conversation with Leslie Munger: