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Confusion Over How To Replace Topinka

(Undated) -- There's a bit of confusion as to how the process works in terms of putting a new State Comptroller in place. The state constitution says the governor must appoint someone to fill the slot until an "elected officer qualifies or until a successor is elected and qualified." Some people believe that gives Governor Quinn the right to put someone in place until a new person is actually elected but legislative leaders have a completely different take. They think Quinn's appointment can serve out the rest of Judy Baar Topinka's current term, which ends on January 12th, then Bruce Rauner would appoint someone for the job. Attorney General Lisa Madigan is expected to weigh in on the matter soon.

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