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Reboot Illinois poll: Judy Baar Topinka has early lead over Sheila Simon for comptroller

Jun 18, 2014

The contest for Illinois State Comptroller finds two candidates with long, deep party pedigrees facing off.

Incumbent Judy Baar Topinka has been a stalwart of the Illinois Republican Party since 1980, when she was elected to the Illinois House, representing the western suburbs for two terms before her election to the Illinois Senate. She served three terms as state treasurer before undertaking a losing campaign to Gov. Rod Blagojevich in 2006. Topinka’s hiatus from statewide office was brief; she was elected state comptroller in 2010.

Her Democratic challenger, Sheila Simon, is the daughter of legendary Illinois Democrat…

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