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.
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced a $4.48 million investment to help the eight regional Feeding Illinois food banks and their network of food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters better serve more than 1.9 million residents who use their services each year. The investment will provide a 21st century digital infrastructure in each of the state’s food banks and with the 1,885 member agencies they support to more quickly deliver emergency food assistance to those who need it the most.
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today launched the newest Veterans Cash instant lottery ticket, a $5 ticket that has 100 percent of proceeds going directly to benefit Illinois veterans. Today’s launch is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to support the men and women who have served our nation.
“We owe the men and women who have served our country a debt that cannot be repaid,” Governor Quinn said. “We want Illinois to be the most veteran-friendly state in the nation, and that means taking care of those who have borne the battle. The Veterans Cash program helps ensure that our veterans and their families have the support they deserve when they come back home.”
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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.