In Loving Memory

A Note from Comptroller Mendoza

Two years ago on December 10th, former Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka left us too soon. She was beloved by the people of Illinois who she served as a state legislator, State Treasurer and State Comptroller. She was also loved by and was a fierce advocate for animals. Her love of life, her fiery red hair that matched her personality, her laughter, her ever-present big cup of coffee, and her commitment to diversity and professionalism are missed by Illinoisans of all political persuasions. She had just been elected to a second four-year term as Comptroller, when she was called up to join her loved ones who went before her. This week, I was honored to be sworn in as Comptroller, filling out the last two years of what would have been her second term. Let us all aim to follow her example and live up to her ideals of honest, compassionate and dedicated service to others. Judy was my friend, she was a friend to us all, and we will always miss her.

Please join me in the comments section below by sharing an anecdote, a fun memory, or a sentiment about Judy that you’d like to share. We will pass on these special remembrances to her family, which was her greatest love of all.

A Note from Joseph Baar Topinka

Judy Baar Topinka has been gone for two years, and Illinois misses her philosophy of good government, ethics, civility and her strong sense of heritage. I knew her as Mom; her granddaughter knew her as Babi, the Czech word for grandmother, but she was Judy to everyone in the state which she so much loved.

During this season of love and giving, remember to never take anything for granted. Love each other like there is no tomorrow and be giving to your community so that everyone can have a joyous season.

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