CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced the appointment of state Budget Director Jerry Stermer as Illinois Comptroller following the unexpected passing of Judy Baar Topinka. Stermer will serve as Comptroller on an interim basis to ensure that state operations continue uninterrupted and will resign from the post on Jan. 12, 2015.
“The sudden passing of Judy Baar Topinka left a hole in the hearts of the people of Illinois,” Governor Quinn said. “While no one can replace Judy Baar Topinka, government must continue. Jerry Stermer is a respected and experienced budget expert who will carry out the duties of Comptroller with integrity and heart.”
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced that Illinois’ unemployment rate fell to its lowest point in more than six years. Last month the state’s jobless rate fell to 6.4 percent, its lowest point since June 2008 and lower than when the Governor took office. In addition, the state added 2,300 jobs in November, for a total gain to approximately 300,000 jobs since the economic recovery started in February 2010.
“Our economy is continuing to grow and create more jobs, and that’s good news this holiday season,” Governor Quinn said. “Illinois’ improving economy is a reflection of the tough decisions we’ve made over the last six years.”
CHICAGO - Governor Pat Quinn today released the following statement regarding the passing of Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka:
"Today is a sad day in the state of Illinois. I am heartbroken to hear of the passing of my friend, Judy Baar Topinka.
"As the first female Treasurer of Illinois and a longtime public servant, Judy was a trailblazer in every sense of the word.
"Never without her signature sense of humor, Judy was a force of nature. She left her mark on the state she has called home her entire life. Her leadership improved Illinois and paved the way for countless women in politics.
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today visited the set of the new TV drama “Empire” to welcome the series to Illinois. Created by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong for Twentieth Century Fox Television, “Empire” is filmed in Chicago and employs approximately 250 Illinois workers. The event is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by local students to light the state of Illinois’ Christmas tree and launch the annual Illinois Heroes Holiday Card Drive. The Governor encouraged students from across the state to take part in the annual drive by making holiday cards for servicemembers who are away from home during the holiday season. Today’s launch is part of Governor Quinn’s commitment to support the men and women who have served our nation.
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The Governor's Office is joining with the Office of the Comptroller, the Office of Management & Budget, the Department of Human Services, the Department of Revenue and the Department of Corrections to begin the process of modernizing the State's Financial Accounting Systems.