Statement from IEA President Cinda Klickna:
The Illinois Education Association today mourns the loss of a great public servant, Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka.
Throughout her long and illustrious career, Judy Baar Topinka was a great friend to the students and to the public education employees of Illinois.
As a legislator, state treasurer and state comptroller, Judy worked tirelessly to improve our schools, repeatedly crossing party and ideological lines to rally support for education. Party affiliation mattered far less to her than what was best for the people of Illinois.
She never hesitated to speak out on education, calling throughout her career for more support for students and schools. Judy Baar Topinka believed in public education and in unions. It was an honor to support her in her most recent election.
Illinois will miss Judy’s leadership, her insight and her wonderful sense of humor.