- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 10, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - The Illinois Republican Party says the state lost ‘a legend’ with state Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka’s death.

Topinka died early Wednesday after suffering a stroke. State GOP chairman Tim Schneider says Topinka was a trailblazer, leader and treasure to the state after spending more than three decades in Illinois politics.

Schneider says Topinka was a “groundbreaking, one-of-a-kind leader” with a “heart of gold.”

Politically, he says, she cared about saving money and was an advocate for animals and the military.

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