- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 10, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says he’s “heartbroken” about the death of state Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka.

Topinka died early Wednesday after suffering a stroke. The Democratic Quinn called longtime Republican Topinka “a trailblazer in every sense of the word.” Quinn remembered Topinka’s “signature sense of humor” and says he lost a friend who will be “incredibly missed.”

Quinn says the state of Illinois is mourning “the loss of one of the greats.” He also called her a “force of nature.”

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