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Illinois lawmakers to have special session on comptroller vacancy

CHICAGO – Gov. Pat Quinn is calling legislators back to Springfield on Jan. 8 to consider legislation that would allow voters to fill the elected position of Illinois comptroller.

A special election will give voters the opportunity to choose the comptroller in the next statewide election on Nov. 8, 2016. The primary election is scheduled for March 15, 2016.

Quinn issued the following statement:

“Judy Baar Topinka’s passing has not only left us heartbroken – the people of Illinois have been left without their elected representative in the Comptroller’s Office.

“Nobody but Judy Baar Topinka was elected to do this job. That’s why it’s so important that voters have the soonest possible opportunity to elect their comptroller. Holding a special election is the right thing to do.

“Members of the legislature should set up a special election for 2016 so that voters can exercise their democratic right to decide who will serve as their comptroller.”

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