Illinois State Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka died today.
She was 70 years old.
This fall, she was the featured speaker at the McHenry County Republican Central Committee’s fundraiser.
Topinka sat while delivering a stem-winding speech near the end of the event.
I remember Judy’s first year in the Illinois House of Representatives. That was 1981.
She was determined to get a sewer for her hometown of Berwyn. She was willing to vote as House Speaker George Ryan wanted in order to obtain the infrastructure improvement.
She accomplished her goal.
Subsequently, she served as a State Senate, State Treasurer, ran for Governor against Rod Blagojevich the second time around and, in a successful comeback, was elected State Comptroller. She was just re-elected.
Topinka carried McHenry County handily, trouncing Democrat Sheila Simon.