Officials Unclear On Filling Topinka Vacancy

Dec 10, 2014

State Comptroller's Web Site Remembering Topinka

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"

For now the Attorney General Says Governor Quinn can name a successor, but it's uncertain if that appointment will be for a month or for four years and a month. The attorney general is reviewing the matter.