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Judy Baar Topinka.
Judy Baar Topinka.

Judy Baar Topinka (born January 16, 1944) is the Illinois State Treasurer and former chairman of the Republican Party of Illinois. She is the first woman to become state treasurer, first to be elected to three consecutive terms, was the first Republican to hold the post in over 32 years and is currently the only elected statewide official from the Republican Party in Illinois. This work is copyrighted. ... This work is copyrighted. ... January 16 is the 16th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1944 calendar). ... Official language(s) English Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Area  Ranked 25th  - Total 0 sq mi (149,998 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 390 miles (629 km)  - % water 4. ... This article is about the modern United States Republican Party. ... Official language(s) English Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Area  Ranked 25th  - Total 0 sq mi (149,998 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 390 miles (629 km)  - % water 4. ... For other uses, see Republican Party (disambiguation) or GOP (disambiguation). ... Official language(s) English Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Area  Ranked 25th  - Total 0 sq mi (149,998 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 390 miles (629 km)  - % water 4. ...


In November 2005, Topinka announced her decision to run for Governor of Illinois. In March 2006, she was chosen as the Republican candidate. She is the second woman and first Republican woman to be nominated for governor of Illinois. Dawn Clark Netsch ran as the Democratic nominee in 1994. 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Governor of Illinois is the chief executive of the State of Illinois and the various agencies and departments over which the officer has jurisdiction, as prescribed in the state constitution. ... Dawn Clark Netsch was the 1994 Democtratic nominee for Illinois governor. ...

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Early years

Topinka was born in the Chicago suburb of Riverside to William and Lillian Baar, the children of Czech and Slovak immigrants.[1] She graduated in 1962 from Ferry Hall School in Lake Forest and entered Northwestern University in Evanston. Topinka received a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from the university's prestigious Medill School. She is an alumna of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority. After leaving Northwestern, Topinka became an accomplished reporter for several Chicagoland suburban newspapers and rose through the ranks to become an editor. On the side, Topinka established her own public relations business, through which she began a career in consulting for various political candidates. Flag Seal Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location Location in Chicagoland and northern Illinois Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Illinois Cook, DuPage Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 606. ... Housing subdivision near Union, Kentucky, a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio. ... Ginkgos along Harlem Avenue in Riverside, Illinois Riverside is a village in Cook County Illinois. ... 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar). ... The Ferry Hall School was a girls preparatory school founded in Lake Forest, Illinois in 1869. ... Lake Forest is an affluent city in Lake County, Illinois, United States. ... Northwestern University is a private, coeducational, non-sectarian research university, located in Evanston and Chicago, Illinois, U.S.. Northwesterns main campus is a 240-acre (97 ha) parcel in Evanston, along the shore of Lake Michigan. ... Incorporated City in 1872. ... A Bachelor of Science (B.S., B.Sc. ... Journalism is a discipline of collecting, analyzing, verifying, and presenting news regarding current events, trends, issues and people. ... The Medill School, one of the colleges at Northwestern University, is one of the premier journalism, integrated marketing, and media schools in the United States. ... Alpha Gamma Delta (ΑΓΔ) Founded in 1904, Alpha Gamma Delta is an international fraternity for women dedicated to academic excellence, leadership development, high ideals and sisterhood. ... Chicagoland is an informal name for the Chicago metropolitan area, used by local residents, businesses, governments, and planning agencies. ... Editing is the process of preparing language, images, or sound for presentation through correction, condensation, organization, and other modifications. ... Wikibooks has more about this subject: Marketing Public relations (PR) is the art of managing communication between an organization and its key publics to build, manage and sustain a positive image. ...


In 1965, she married Joe Topinka.[citation needed] They had a son, Joe, before divorcing in 1981.[2]


Legislative career

In 1980, Topinka first pursued her own career in politics by running for the Illinois General Assembly. She won a seat in the House of Representatives at which she served two two-year terms. In 1984, she set her sights on the upper house of the Illinois General Assembly and won a seat in the Senate at which she served ten years. 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... The Illinois General Assembly convenes at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield. ... The Illinois House of Representatives convenes at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield. ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Illinois Senate convenes at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield. ...


Illinois State Treasurer

In the middle of a term as state senator, Topinka joined the Illinois State Treasurer race in 1994, and won the election. Her popularity grew and she was reelected in 1998 and 2002. 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ...

Topinka was appointed Chair of the Illinois Republican Party in 2002 as it faced ruin arising from indictments of its leadership.
Topinka was appointed Chair of the Illinois Republican Party in 2002 as it faced ruin arising from indictments of its leadership.

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Illinois Republican Party

The year 2002 proved to be one of the most damaging years for the Illinois Republican Party. It suffered immense losses statewide as allegations of corruption emanating from the office of Governor George Ryan culminated in federal criminal indictments. The party lost the governorship to the Illinois Democratic Party under Governor Rod Blagojevich, a former member of Congress from Chicago. To make matters worse, donors withheld funds from the Republican organization and the party was driven into near bankruptcy. For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... George Homer Ryan (born February 24, 1934 in Maquoketa, Iowa) was the Governor of the U.S. state of Illinois from 1999 until 2003. ... The Democratic Party is one of the two major United States political parties. ... Milorad Rod R. Blagojevich (pronounced IPA:  , born December 10, 1956) is an American politician from the state of Illinois. ... Type Bicameral Houses Senate House of Representatives President of the Senate Dick Cheney, R, since January 20, 2001 Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, R, since January 6, 1999 Members 535 plus 4 Delegates and 1 Resident Commissioner Political groups (as of January 4, 2005 elections) Democratic Party Republican Party... The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ...


In order to save the state party, Topinka, the only statewide Republican officeholder, was appointed chair that year. Upon assuming the role, Topinka quickly drafted a reorganization plan hoping to fill Republican coffers once again as well as rebuild the party's public image. The difficulty only grew worse in summer 2004 when Topinka was embroiled in a very public controversy over a sex scandal involving her party's nominee for the US Senate, Jack Ryan. Topinka claimed that Ryan told her he had nothing in his past which would blemish his current candidacy, which was clearly not the case. After embarrassing headlines and charges fired from both sides, Ryan dropped out of the race. Topinka then had to deal with the conservative base of her party insisting upon a strongly conservative nominee to replace Ryan. Topinka felt this type of candidate could not win [citation needed], as she and former governors Jim Edgar, James R. Thompson and George H. Ryan were all moderate and had been among the only Republicans elected statewide for decades. In August 2004, the State Central Committeemen of the Republican Party invited Maryland conservative Alan Keyes to enter the race. Topinka publicly distanced herself from Keyes, who claimed the Democratic nominee Barack Obama took the "slaveholder's position" on abortion, that Jesus wouldn't vote for Obama, and, at the Republican National Convention, said that U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney's lesbian daughter Mary was engaged in "selfish hedonism." Keyes went on to lose in a landslide. The dean of the state's Republican Congressional delegation, Phil Crane, also lost his seat. On the flip side, the party picked up a state Supreme Court seat for the first time in many years, and also gained a few seats in the state legislature. But many of the party activists continued to rage against Topinka and what they viewed as her betrayal of their principles. 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Jack Ryan ran for the United States Senate from Illinois and was forced to withdraw due to allegations of past sexual mis-behavior. ... Conservatism is a political philosophy that usually favors traditional values and strong foreign defense. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... James Robert Thompson (born May 8, 1936), also known as Big Jim Thompson, was the longest-serving Governor of the U.S. state of Illinois. ... George Homer Ryan (born February 24, 1934 in Maquoketa, Iowa) was the Governor of the U.S. state of Illinois from 1999 until 2003. ... In politics and religion, a moderate is an individual who holds an intermediate position between two extreme or radical viewpoints. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Conservative may refer to: Conservatism, political philosophy A member of a Conservative Party Conservative extension, premise of deductive logic Conservativity theorem, mathematical proof of conservative extension Conservative Judaism britney spears Category: ... Dr. Alan Keyes (born August 7, 1950) is a public speaker, former diplomat, and conservative political activist. ... Obama redirects here. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Jesus (8–2 BC/BCE to 29–36 AD/CE),[1] also known as Jesus of Nazareth, is the central figure of Christianity. ... The Republican National Convention, the presidential nominating convention of the United States Republican Party, is held every four years to determine the partys candidate for the coming Presidential election and the partys platform. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Chief Justice Associate Justices Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures State Courts Counties, Cities, and Towns Other countries â€¢ Politics Portal      The Vice President of the United States is the first in the presidential line of succession... Richard Bruce Dick Cheney (born January 30, 1941) is the 46th and current Vice President of the United States, serving under President George W. Bush. ... A lesbian is a female who is exclusively emotionally, sexually, and romantically attracted to other females. ... Mary Claire Cheney (born March 14, 1969) is the second daughter of Dick Cheney, the Vice President of the United States, and his wife, Lynne Cheney. ... Gadabout redirects here. ... Phil Crane, right, meets with President George W. Bush and Bill Thomas, chairman of the Ways and Means Committee. ... Supreme Court of Illinois is the apex court of judicature of the state of Illinois, United States of America. ...


Topinka's tenure as the head of the Illinois GOP expired in January 2005; her replacement was Andy McKenna. This article is about the modern United States Republican Party. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Andy McKenna is the chairman of the Illinois Republican Party and the president of Schwarz Paper Company. ...


Illinois Gubernatorial Campaign

On November 7, 2005, Topinka announced that she would not seek re-election as state treasurer — instead, she entered the gubernatorial primary, hoping to challenge Democratic Governor Rod Blagojevich. The Republican primary was deeply divisive; her tenure as Party Chairman destroyed her support from the conservative wing of her party, and it was feared that her pro-choice and positive gay rights positions would be detrimental to her standing with the same conservatives. In December she announced that she would join forces with DuPage County State's Attorney Joe Birkett as a candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Illinois. November 7 is the 311th day of the year (312th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 54 days remaining. ... Milorad Rod R. Blagojevich (pronounced IPA:  , born December 10, 1956) is an American politician from the state of Illinois. ... Pro-choice activists on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court, to rally for abortion rights on the anniversary of Roe v. ... The gay rights movement is a collection of loosely aligned civil rights groups, human rights groups, support groups and political activists seeking acceptance, tolerance and equality for non-heterosexual, (homosexual, bisexual), and transgender people - despite the fact that it is typically referred to as the gay rights movement, members also... DuPage County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Joe Birkett Joseph E. Birkett (born February 13, 1955) is the DuPage County States Attorney and Republican nominee for Illinois Lieutenant Governor with running-mate Judy Baar Topinka. ...


In February 2006, the candidates for the Republican nomination for Illinois Governor began running their first TV ads for the March statewide primary election. Rival candidate Ron Gidwitz's advertisements, attacking Topinka, were rebuked in the same week by the Illinois Republican Party: "In an unprecedented action, the Illinois Republican Party has officially rebuked the Gidwitz campaign for this ad because the Party found that the ad violates the Party's "Code of Conduct," which was enacted to police proper conduct among Republican candidates." Ron Gidwitzs campaign logo Ron Gidwitz is a Republican candidate in the 2006 Illinois gubernatorial election. ...


Later in February, candidate Jim Oberweis, another rival for the Republican Gubernatorial nomination, started a series of attack ads for television markets, against Topinka, that were even more widely criticized, mostly for using "fake" headlines on the images of actual Illinois newspapers. [1] [2] These ads, like Gidwitz's ads, also came under review by the Illinois Republican Party. [3] Because of the controversy generated, several television stations withdrew Oberweis's ads. [4] Look up Candidate in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Jim Oberweis is a Chicago-area dairy magnate who twice ran for the Illinois Republican nomination for the United States Senate. ... Look up Market in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


On March 21st, Topinka won the Republican nomination with 37% of the vote. March 21 is the 80th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (81st in leap years). ...


On November 7th, 2006, she lost the race to Blagojevich, giving an up-beat, humorous speech after his acceptance speech. In it she thanked many, hoped that more young people would be interested in public service, and wished all well. This would be the only election she has ever lost.


Electoral history

  • 2006 Race for Governor
  • 2002 Race for state Treasurer
    • Judy Baar Topinka (Republican) (inc.), 55%
    • Tom Dart (Democrat), 43%
  • 1998 Race for state Treasurer
    • Judy Baar Topinka (Republican) (inc.), 51%
    • Dan McLaughlin (Democrat), 49%
  • 1994 Race for state Treasurer
    • Judy Baar Topinka (Republican), 51%
    • Nancy Shaheen (Democrat), 49%

Milorad Rod R. Blagojevich (pronounced IPA:  , born December 10, 1956) is an American politician from the state of Illinois. ... Tom Dart is a former Member of the Illinois House of Representatives and is currently the Democratic nominee for Cook County Sheriff. ...

Notes

  1.   Article originally published in the Chicago Tribune about Oberweis's "faked" newspaper headline campaign ads.
  2.   FactCheck.org article about the same ads.
  3.   Article originally published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch about Oberweis's ads coming under review by the Illinois Republican Party.
  4.   Article originally published in the Daily Herald about the withdrawal of Oberweis's ads from some Illinois television markets.

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References

  1. ^ "'A meat-and-potatoes type of person'", Chicago Sun-Times, October 29, 2006.
  2. ^ "Topinka is limited by feuds and funds", St. Louis Post-Dispatch, October 29, 2006.

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Preceded by
Pat Quinn
State Treasurer of Illinois
1995 - 2007
Succeeded by
Alexi Giannoulias
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