Attorney General Lisa Madigan is recommending the Illinois General Assembly to pass a law authorizing the election of a new state comptroller in 2016 to replace the late Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka.
In a press release, Madigan said Gov. Pat Quinn can appoint a comptroller to replace Topinka; after Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner is sworn in on Jan. 12, Rauner will be authorized to appoint a comptroller for the four-year term.
“While the current law allows an unelected comptroller to serve in office for four years without the approval of Illinois voters, it is a fundamental principle in a democracy that the people should elect the officers who represent them,” Madigan said in the press release.
“I urge Governor Quinn, Governor-Elect Rauner, the legislative leaders and the members of the General Assembly to support and move forward with a new law allowing the people of Illinois to vote, at the next regularly scheduled statewide election in 2016, to determine who will serve as comptroller until the 2018 election,” Madigan said.
Topinka died early Wednesday, Dec. 10, at age 70 less than a day after suffering a stroke. A public memorial service in her honor will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17, at the Local 150, 6200 Joliet Road in the Chicago suburb of Countryside.