“In many respects, Ms. Topinka could be considered the matriarch of the moderate wing of the state Republican Party. A fiscal conservative, she was an early advocate of abortion and gay rights, positions which often put her at odds with members of the socially conservative wing of the GOP.”

Comment: People we know who worked for her loved her and admired her, which means something. She got her clothes from resale stores and she knew how to balance a checkbook.

 

via Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka dies at age 70 – Chicago Tribune.