CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today released the following statement regarding the passing of Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka:
“Today is a sad day in the state of Illinois. I am heartbroken to hear of the passing of my friend, Judy Baar Topinka.
“As the first female Treasurer of Illinois and a longtime public servant, Judy was a trailblazer in every sense of the word.
“Never without her signature sense of humor, Judy was a force of nature. She left her mark on the state she has called home her entire life. Her leadership improved Illinois and paved the way for countless women in politics.
“My deepest sympathies go out to Judy’s son, Joe, daughter-in-law Christina, granddaughter Alexandra, her family, friends and devoted staff.
“Today the entire state mourns the loss of one of the greats. Judy Baar Topinka will be incredibly missed.”