Judy Baar Topinka http://wuis.org en State Spending To Be Part Of Tax Returns http://wuis.org/post/state-spending-be-part-tax-returns <p>State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka says Illinois residents will get a breakdown of state spending in income tax returns received in 2014.&nbsp;</p><p>Topinka announced the initiative on Monday. She says her office will also make the information available online. &nbsp; In a statement, Topinka says there shouldn't be a mystery when it comes to public dollars in the state. &nbsp;</p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 20:09:48 +0000 Associated Press 15965 at http://wuis.org State Spending To Be Part Of Tax Returns Reaction To Same Sex Marriage Bill Signing http://wuis.org/post/reaction-same-sex-marriage-bill-signing <p>Gov. Pat Quinn on Wednesday signed same sex marriage into law in Illinois. Here are quotes and reaction to the bill signing. &nbsp;<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; ___ &nbsp;<br />&nbsp;``It means we are able to say that we're a family and be recognized because we are like everyone else.'' _ Jen Dickie Rothke of Chicago, who has been with her partner for 13 years. They have a son together. &nbsp;<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; ___ &nbsp; Wed, 20 Nov 2013 23:15:36 +0000 Associated Press 13450 at http://wuis.org Reaction To Same Sex Marriage Bill Signing Interview: Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon http://wuis.org/post/interview-lieutenant-governor-sheila-simon <p>Sheila Simon will wrap up her term as Lieutenant Governor in just over a year.&nbsp;&nbsp; The Democrat and daughter of late U.S. Senator Paul Simon is taking on another challenge.&nbsp; She's running for Illinois Comptroller. That means Simon faces incumbent Republican Judy Baar Topinka.&nbsp; The attacks are already underway.&nbsp;</p><p>Topinka questions Simon's interest in the job, saying she only chose to run for this office after earlier plans to try for Attorney General were scuttled when Lisa Madigan chose to stay put.</p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 13:10:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 12820 at http://wuis.org Interview: Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon Politics, Romance, Practicality and Religion Mix in Marriage Debate http://wuis.org/post/politics-romance-practicality-and-religion-mix-marriage-debate <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Back on Valentine's Day, the state Senate approved legislation that would allow gays and lesbians to get married in Illinois.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The hope then was that Illinois would become the tenth state to legalize same-sex marriage.&nbsp; Eight months later, it still hasn't happened. Wed, 23 Oct 2013 10:40:32 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 11510 at http://wuis.org Politics, Romance, Practicality and Religion Mix in Marriage Debate March For Marriage, But No Vote Certain http://wuis.org/post/march-marriage-no-vote-certain <p>Rain didn't stop advocates for same-sex marriage, who rallied under umbrellas by the hundreds in front of the Illinois Capitol Tuesday, Oct. 22. A measure to legalize same-sex marriage passed the state Senate earlier this year, but has stalled in the Illinois House.</p><p>There were two types of headliners:</p><p>-musicians, like Marcus Terrell, of "America's Got Talent" fame, who sang a "song about true love" ("and as we all know here today true love in any form is just natural," he said).</p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 20:59:49 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 11471 at http://wuis.org March For Marriage, But No Vote Certain Comptroller: All Legislative Paychecks Processed http://wuis.org/post/comptroller-all-legislative-paychecks-processed <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>After going without pay for three months, Illinois legislators&#39; paychecks are in the bank.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Serving as a state senator or representative is technically a part-time job -- and for some, it is. For others, it is a full-time gig and sole source of income.</span></p><p>Which made it tough when Gov. Pat Quinn canceled General Assembly members&#39; pay over the summer because they failed to pass legislation to cut pension costs.</p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 21:08:38 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 10127 at http://wuis.org Comptroller: All Legislative Paychecks Processed Ruling On Lawmaker's Paychecks Expected Next Week http://wuis.org/post/ruling-lawmakers-paychecks-expected-next-week <p>A Cook County Circuit Court judge says he will rule next week on a lawsuit over Gov. Pat Quinn's decision to halt lawmakers' pay. Judge Neil Cohen held oral arguments Wednesday. He said he'll issue his<br>decision by Sept. 26.<br>&nbsp;<br>Quinn used his line-item veto to cut money for legislators' salaries from the<br>state budget because they hadn't fixed Illinois' nearly $100 billion pension<br>crisis.<br>&nbsp;<br>House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton sued, saying<br>Quinn's actions were unconstitutional. They asked Cohen to order Comptroller Wed, 18 Sep 2013 22:43:50 +0000 Associated Press 9170 at http://wuis.org Ruling On Lawmaker's Paychecks Expected Next Week Topinka To Run Again For Comptroller http://wuis.org/post/topinka-run-again-comptroller <p>Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka says she's hitting the road to announce her candidacy for re-election.&nbsp; Topinka put out a schedule Thursday detailing stops across Illinois. Her trip starts Sunday in Chicago and ends Tuesday in Marion in southern Illinois. In between she'll make stops in Rockford, Moline, Peoria, Quincy, Springfield, Edwardsville and Mount Vernon. &nbsp;<br>Topinka says in the announcement that she's running for re-election ``to fight against the ill-advised spending and reckless borrowing that has decimated state finances.''&nbsp;</p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 15:40:06 +0000 Associated Press 8852 at http://wuis.org Topinka To Run Again For Comptroller Oral Arguments Over Lawmaker Pay Set For Next Month http://wuis.org/post/oral-arguments-over-lawmaker-pay-set-next-month <p>Gov. Pat Quinn predicts that a lawsuit over his decision to suspend lawmaker pay for failing to act on the state pension crisis will be a ``landmark'' case. &nbsp;<br>Quinn attended a court hearing Tuesday involving a lawsuit filed by Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton force Quinn and Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka to issue paychecks. &nbsp;<br>A Cook County Circuit Court judge set oral arguments for Sept. 18. &nbsp; Tue, 06 Aug 2013 15:31:30 +0000 Sean Crawford 6829 at http://wuis.org Oral Arguments Over Lawmaker Pay Set For Next Month