|Name||Judy Baar Topinka|
Riverside, Illinois , United States
|| January 16, 1944
Apr 03, 2013 11:33am
Moderate - Pro- gun - Pro-Choice - Pro-Civil Unions - Pro-Gay Marriage -
|Info||Throughout her life, Judy Baar Topinka has worked to make a positive difference in lives of everyday people in Illinois. |
As the 2006 Republican nominee for Governor, she is running to restore the fiscal responsibility to state government and to restore the public’s trust in the Governor’s Office.
Raised in the Cook County suburb of Riverside, her parents owned a small business and, along with her grandparents, taught Judy the principles of common sense, straight talk and hard work.
Judy graduated from the Ferry Hall School in Lake Forest and went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in journalism from Northwestern University’s prestigious Medill School of Journalism.
Soon Judy was an accomplished reporter in the Cook County suburbs who worked to tell readers more about their government. She saw first hand that local elected officials were not serving the needs of their constituents – and she was deeply disappointed by shady politics of the local political machine.
She believed someone needed to work to clean up government and fight against a corrupt political machine. That someone, she decided, could be her.
Judy ran for state representative on a platform of cleaning up the system. The voters responded and she won in a landslide victory.
As a member of the Illinois House and later the Illinois Senate, Judy focused her attention on fiscal responsibility. Always tight with a buck, Judy also worked for policies helped spur economic growth.
In 1994, Judy sought to serve on a statewide basis running for State Treasurer. She won in a close race, and her performance as treasurer earned Illinois recognition for innovation and accomplishment in the office.
Judy also earned two more terms from Illinois voters, becoming the first State Treasurer to win three consecutive terms.
In 2002, vote totals show she collected more votes as Treasurer than Rod Blagojevich did as Governor. Because of her ability to attract Independent and even Democrat voters, Judy Baar Topinka was the lone Republican who survived a Democratic election year.
In 2006, she earned the Republican nomination for Governor in the November 2006 election. She calls her priorities “The three E’s” - Education, Economy and Ethics Reform. Judy says as Governor, she will be guided by those same principles she learned from her parents: Common Sense. Straight Talk. Hard Work.
As Governor, she has pledged to live in the Governor’s Mansion in the State Capital of Springfield.
In November 2006, she was defeated in her bid to become Governor losing to incumbent Democrat Rod Blagojevich.
Mon, May 20 5:50 PM - Don’t be surprised to see Trent Ketchmark telling u the news in a few years! Had a blast being interviewed on A-List! http://t.co/paXhnxyZxO|
Sat, May 18 9:09 PM - Today is Armed Forces Day. Please remember our fellow Americans serving in the five US military branches. Thank you to all our heroes!
Fri, May 17 3:50 PM - What an honor it was to be recognized by the Illinois Municipal Utilities Association with the Public Service Award! http://t.co/Yma1y5neYp
Fri, May 17 2:11 PM - Glad our staff made it 2 the Polish American Chamber of Commerce Small Business Expo! Check this out if you didn't: http://t.co/EDDhZu6pht
Thu, May 16 5:33 PM - Get this! The Ledger was called up on computers across the world more than 91,500 times in its 1st year! Take a look: http://t.co/8XDj46z6f4
Thu, May 16 3:27 PM - Nice catching up at the DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference in Springfield yesterday! What a great bunch! http://t.co/T7zTIlt1ae
Wed, May 15 9:40 PM - Great time catching up with the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. at the Governor's Mansion for their Annual Day! http://t.co/qp0oOHWZFC
Wed, May 15 5:01 PM - Great visiting with everyone from the various communities represented by Metro West for their annual lobby day today! http://t.co/cYo6QMc3a7
Wed, May 15 4:45 PM - Stop by our booth at the Central IL Senior Celebration at the State Fairgrounds in Springfield 2day if you're around! http://t.co/AmpQ9OTsZi
Mon, May 13 5:16 PM - Special thanx 2 everyone who made it 2 the Animal Wel-Fair Sat. Super job sending home a lot of happy & healthy pets! http://t.co/pBJU8xwdUp