News Headline: “Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka dies at 70.”
QT was writing a series of items on accordions in 1998 when a call came in.
It was Judy Baar Topinka, then the state treasurer.
She wanted QT to know that the Illinois state budget was the equivalent of 83,111,111 accordions.
On a number of levels, public servants did not come better than Judy Baar Topinka.