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Why this Democrat will miss Judy the Republican

jjc-jbtThursday night, the Chicago Tribune featured a commentary from Senate President John J. Cullerton about his long relationship with Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, who passed away early Thursday morning. Here are President Cullerton's words:

A couple years ago, Judy Baar Topinka and I were sparring over the numbers she was using for the state's backlog of bills, so I invited her to my office for a chat.

She strides in, tosses a folder full of financial documents on my desk and loudly proclaims:

"There's my poop."

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Cullerton, Senate Dems mourn Judy Baar Topinka

JudyIllinois Senate President John J. Cullerton released the following statement regarding the passing of Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka:

We have suffered a great loss with the passing of Judy Baar Topinka. She was loved and will always be remembered because she was outspoken, independent and completely dedicated to the state. Her fierce advocacy and bipartisan leadership as a legislator and constitutional officer will continue to be a model for women and men entering public service in Illinois.

Other members of our caucus made statements on Comptroller Topinka:

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Sullivan: Legislation creates Illinois bobcat hunting season

120414 js 0227RIllinois hunters will have the opportunity to hunt bobcats under a plan approved by the Senate on Thursday. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources recently determined that bobcat populations had reached a level where the number of animals should be managed through public hunting.

State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) co-sponsored HB 4226, which creates a bobcat season from Nov. 1 through Feb. 15 starting in 2015.

“We have seen a large number of bobcats in western and southern Illinois due—in part— to the restoration of habitat. Conservation practices and effectively managing our natural resources are at the heart of this proposal,” Sullivan said.

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Volunteerism and community service are alive and well in Illinois

Edwardsville Cup Winner 2-HaineRGovernor Quinn held his annual Hometown Awards Ceremony at the Illinois State Library in Springfield this week.

At the ceremony, volunteers from across the state were recognized for their contributions and dedication to their communities.

“I am always amazed by the inspired leadership and action of volunteers," State Senator Bill Haine (D - Alton) said. "The members of the Junior Service Club in Edwardsville, for instance, dedicated their time and talents to the betterment of our community — this award is a fitting recognition of their dedication.”

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Clayborne resolution honors Alan Dixon, renames state museum

Clayborne resolution honors Alan Dixon, renames state museumSPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate adopted a resolution Thursday renaming the Illinois State Museum after former lawmaker Alan Dixon.

State Senator James Clayborne (D-Belleville) sponsored the resolution honoring the Belleville native who served Illinoisans as a state representative, state senator, treasurer and U.S. senator.

“Alan Dixon was a dedicated public servant and a committed pursuer of knowledge, justice and peace. It’s hard to think of a more fitting way of memorializing his years of service and legacy than placing his name on a building devoted to preserving Illinois’ heritage,” Clayborne said.

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