Friends, family, and politicians bid their final farewell to Judy Baar Topinka. It was a standing room only crowd at the Operating Engineers Local 150 union hall in Countryside for Topinka’s memorial service, held a week after her death due to a stroke. The last in a long line of speakers was her son, Joe Topinka, who said public service is the best way anyone can honor his mother’s memory.
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“I would ask you to rededicate your lives to make Illinois a better place,” Topinka said. “I urge Gov. Quinn and Gov.-elect Rauner to work together over the next few weeks on a smooth transition, and over the next few years to make Illinois a better place. I know Abraham Lincoln would’ve wanted it that way, and so would’ve mom.”
Both Quinn and Rauner spoke at the memorial, with Rauner joking that Topinka must be somewhere “chuckling a little bit” at him speaking in a union hall.