Judy Baar Topinka

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Judy Baar Topinka, (born January 16, 1944, Riverside, IL), was elected on November 8, 1994, as Illinois' State Treasurer. Topinka was reelected Treasurer in 1998 and in 2002. Topinka is a member of the Republican party. In 2006, Topinka ran for Governor, but lost to the incumbent Rod Blagojevich, see Illinois gubernatorial election, 2006.


  • graduated Ferry Hall, 1962.
  • B. S. degree in journalism, Northwestern University’1966.


  • elected Illinois State Representative, 1980, serving two terms.
  • elected Illinois State Senator, 1984 to 1994.
  • serves locally as the Riverside Township Republican Committeeman.
  • elected Chair of the Illinois State Republican Party, 2002.
  • wins Republican primary in Illinois governor's race, 2006.
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