At least one Republican doesn’t think having another election for Illinois Comptroller in 2016 is a bad idea. U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) seems to support having a race to allow voters to select someone to serve out the second half of Judy Baar Topinka’s second term. “I went through a special election as Senator,” Kirk said. “I would say the process of getting a mandate is a very good one to make sure the people have a voice.”
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Kirk’s own special election was to fill the Senate seat for the few remaining weeks of the term that President Barack Obama had won in 2004. It was on the same ballot as the election for the full six-year term. Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner and the Republican leaders in the General Assembly have claimed a special election for comptroller may violate the state’s constitution.
Kirk does agree with Rauner’s initial suggestion to replace Topinka—her chief of staff, Nancy Kimme, calling her “the closest thing we have” to Topinka. Rauner’s suggestion of Kimme was for serving the remainder of Topinka’s first term, not the longer appointment to fill the position beginning on January 12.