The news for the Republicans up and down the ballot keeps getting better as Judy Baar Topinka joins her ballot-mate Tom Cross in securing the endorsement from the Daily Herald. Topinka is running for re-election as the Illinois Comptroller against current Lt. Governor Sheila Simon.
From the DH:
Incumbent Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka has been a mainstay in state politics for more than 30 years, serving in the Illinois House, Senate and three terms as state treasurer. Now seeking a second four-year term as comptroller, Topinka's trademark enthusiasm and energy has not waned. In her first term, the 70-year-old Riverside Republican created an online ledger to allow for more transparency of state finances while also trimming the budget and head count in the office, which oversees check writing for the state. She understands state finances and the workings of the state legislature, which gives her some leverage as she tries to push legislation and a constitutional amendment to combine the comptroller's and treasurer's offices. "I can be a horrendous nag," she said. We like her passion about her role and on the issue of combining the offices. She has earned a second term.