The following article ran in the March 1995 Illinois Issues magazine:
In a convention center filled with thousands of blue-suited, straitlaced Republicans, leave it to Judy Baar Topinka to tell a fart joke.
The elite of Illinois' GOP were gathered in Springfield for the January inauguration of the six constitutional officers. Having swept the state's top posts, the partisan crowd was in a celebratory make that downright giddy mood for the day's pomp and circumstance.
With the death of Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, it would seem that the next step is for the Governor to appoint a successor. However, election officials are unsure about the process:
The constitution says the governor would choose someone to fill out the term until the next election. Except the term ends January 12 and an election has already been held. State Board of Elections Director Rupert Borgsmiller says they are not sure how to handle it:
"Nobody knows at this point by looking at the constitution and the election code itself"