- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 10, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka is being remembered as a pioneer for female politicians in the state.

Topinka died early Wednesday after suffering a stroke.

Gov. Pat Quinn says Topinka’s leadership “paved the way for countless women in politics.” Illinois Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno says Topinka was one of the first politicians she ever became aware of. She remembered her as an articulate, independent thinker.

Cook County Commissioner John Daley says Topinka was a champion for women’s rights.

And Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says Topinka will have a special place in state history because she was the first woman to be Illinois treasurer.

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