Saturday, Dec 7, 2013
Topinka Announces Re-Election Bid For Illinois Comptroller
MT. VERNON -- State comptroller Judy Baar Topinka was in Mt. Vernon on Tuesday to officially launch her campaign for re-election. The stop was part of a three-day statewide bus tour.
Topinka is currently in her first term as state comptroller and served three terms as state treasurer in the 90's and 2000's.
She says she has an obligation to the people of Illinois and will focus her campaign on fighting corruption.
"We are trying to be clever in terms of how we use our money," said Topinka.
She plans to stop ill-advised spending while finding ways to save the state money. Including, consolidating the offices of comptroller and treasurer.
"We are not giving up on that," explained Topinka. "They will have to carry me out first before I give up on that."
She believes the positions are redundant and combining the offices could save the state millions.
"It's not going to solve all our financial problems but it's $12-million," said Topinka. "that's not chump change."
Representative John Cavaletto introduced Topinka at Tuesday's campaign stop.
"If people are in dire need, if a business is closing and maybe leaving the state we have rushed things up a little bit to help save those businesses and I think she has been great in that area," said Cavaletto. "I just think we should continue to have her because we are on hard times here a little bit."
Topinka says the ongoing pension crisis is something she will keep working to solve.
"Let's do this honorably, let's do this rationally," said Topinka. "Try and make it happen so we can take the onus off the taxpayer but we are not throwing the pensioner under the bus."
Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon is seeking the democratic nomination for comptroller. Simon will likely face a primary challenger. The winner will then take on Topinka in the November 2014 election.
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