The race is on for Illinois comptroller.  Incumbent Judy Baar Topinka, a Republican, is launching her re-election campaign with a three-day tour of the state, with one term as comptroller nearly complete.  “Four years ago, you led me on this quest to use the comptroller’s office to fight for efficiency, transparency and accountability. Now again, that sounds pretty easy, but in Illinois – short supply.  And you know what?  We’ve taken that charge to hear, and we delivered on it,” she said.
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Topinka touts as her accomplishments switching to electronic payments and putting state spending documents on-line.  Topinka’s campaign swing began Sunday with rallies in Chicago, Rockford and Moline.  Monday's scheduled includes Peoria, Quincy and Springfield, and on Tuesday she’ll be in Edwardsville, Mount Vernon and Marion.
Topinka, 69, of North Riverside in the Cook County suburbs, also served 12 years as treasurer and 15 years in the General Assembly in a political career that dates to 1980. She was the losing candidate for governor in 2006.  The Democrat in the race for comptroller is Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon.
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