Gov. Quinn calls session for comptroller election

Dec 18, 2014

Gov. Pat Quinn is calling Illinois lawmakers back to Springfield to consider a 2016 special election to replace late Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka. In a Thursday statement, Quinn says the special session will be Jan. 8.  

He says that will give voters a chance to weigh in. He didn't immediately name an interim successor. Topinka died last week. She had won a second term in November. 

There have been conflicting ideas about her replacement. 

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan said Quinn can appoint someone until Jan. 12, when Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner takes office. After that, Rauner has the authority to name a full four-year replacement. However, Madigan also urged lawmakers to consider a special election in 2016 so voters could have a say.

That requires lawmakers to approve legislation.