Syverson, Yount Remember the Life and Career of Judy Baar Topinka [AUDIO]
In case you missed it, there's sad news today from the Illinois political scene. State comptroller Judy Baar Topinka has passed away at the age of 70.
There's also now a little bit of information trickling out about what happens next to fill her job in Springfield. The law is apparently a little unclear, however the Sun Times reports:
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office said Wednesday that Gov. Pat Quinn "must appoint a successor" to fill the Illinois Comptroller vacancy that occurred by the sudden passing of Judy Baar Topinka. But there's already arguments flying both ways over how long that appointment should last. Madigan's office said it is still determining the answer to that question.
Earlier this morning, State Senator Dave Syverson joined us to remember the life and career of Judy Baar Topinka. He also mentioned former State Rep. Tom Cross as a good candidate to replace her in the job:
We also talked with Illinois Watchdog's Ben Yount. He covered Topinka in a number of different political roles through the years:
I also posted this in another entry earlier this morning, but it merits another mention. This is a great photo of Treasurer Dan Rutherford, Topinka, and me at the WROK studios back in 2010: