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State employees will continue to be paid while the budget stalemate between legislators and the governor continues. Illinois Comptroller Leslie Geissler Munger received verbal authorization from a St. Clair Circuit Court to allow her office to process state payroll.

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Illinois lawmakers met in Springfield for a special session to decide how to fill the vacancy created by the passing of Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka.

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The Illinois House passed special election bill HB4576 by 66-40. See how members voted in our interactive graphic.

Avoids Legal Fight with Rauner

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Gov. Pat Quinn ended a week of speculation today with the appointment of his budget chief, Jerry Stermer, to replace Judy Baar Topinka as state comptroller.

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There is some clarity today on what will happen to the Illinois comptroller's office in the wake of Judy Baar Topinka's death.

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Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka died at age 70 after suffering a stroke.

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Republican Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka and Democratic challenger Sheila Simon participate in Chicago Tonight’s forum.

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Carol Marin and four political journalists analyze where the candidates stand in the latest polls, and how money is influencing the hotly contested races.

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Judy Baar Topinka is running for re-election as Illinois Comptroller in 2014.

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Sheila Simon is running against Judy Baar Topinka for Illinois Comptroller in 2014.

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We talk with Chicago Tribune reporter Bill Ruthhart about his story detailing business ties between a top aide in Mayor Emanuel’s office and the indicted city comptroller. Read Ruthhart's full story.

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Chicago's former comptroller is indicted on federal charges of bribery and money laundering while serving as Ohio's deputy treasurer. Paris Schutz has the details. Watch our 2011 interview with Amer Ahmad.

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We chat with Lieutenant Gov. Sheila Simon about why she has decided to throw her name into the race for Illinois Comptroller. Read more about the role of comptroller.