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  Topinka taps Birkett as running mate
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Last EditedCOSDem  Dec 15, 2005 01:43pm
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News DateThursday, December 15, 2005 07:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionGubernatorial candidate Judy Baar Topinka, who has upset conservative Republicans with her stands on issues including abortion and gay rights, tapped a tough-on-crime prosecutor to be her running mate Thursday.

The announcement of DuPage County State's Atty. Joseph Birkett as Topinka's choice for lieutenant governor was widely expected. Birkett opposes abortion and supports resuming executions, but the two stressed their common working-class roots and their agreement on concepts like integrity.

"Joe Birkett is the perfect person to help me restore faith in state government and also get Illinois working again,'' Topinka said.

She called Birkett a "fighter'' who has battled for victim's rights and has taken on public corruption across the political spectrum.

Speaking a hotel on Chicago's South Side where Topinka announced her choice of running mate, Birkett returned the compliment.

"Judy has run an honest administration,'' he said. "Judy has a record of integrity across the state.''
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