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  Baar Topinka, Judy
<-  2007-01-01  
NameJudy Baar Topinka
Riverside, Illinois , United States
Born January 16, 1944
DiedDecember 10, 2014 (70 years)
Last ModifedRBH
Feb 13, 2017 07:30pm
InfoThroughout 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.


DateFirmApproveDisapproveDon't Know
10/23/2006-10/26/2006 Research 2000 41.00% ( 5.0) 42.00% ( 8.0) 17.00% ( 3.0)
08/28/2006-08/31/2006 Research 2000 46.00% ( 0.0) 34.00% ( 0.0) 20.00% ( 0.0)

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Date Category Headline Article Contributor
Dec 10, 2014 07:00am Obituary Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka dies at age 70  Article RP 
Jul 09, 2009 06:00pm News Judy Baar Topinka eyeing return to state government   Article COSDem 
Apr 13, 2009 04:00pm News Judy Baar Topinka ponders come-back bid  Article COSDem 
Jan 05, 2007 08:00pm News [Judy Baar] Topinka's political history for sale  Article COSDem 
Dec 20, 2006 08:00pm News Judy Baar Topinka has new job  Article COSDem 
Nov 08, 2006 03:00pm News Topinka Loss spells end of an era  Article COSDem 

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