State lawmakers expected to consider special election legislation

SPRINGFIELD - State lawmakers are back at the Illinois State Capitol for a special session called by outgoing Governor Pat Quinn.

On Thursday, Representatives and Senators are expected to consider legislation that would allow for a special election in 2016 to replace late Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka.  The legislation would also extend to any other constitutional office vacancies that may happen in the future.

The proposal was filed on Tuesday by Senate President John Cullerton, and the legislation has the support of both Cullerton and House Speaker Michael Madigan.   Quinn says he wants voters to help decide who Topinka's successor should be.

By law, Governor-elect Bruce Rauner will be able to appoint a four-year replacement for Topinka's term after his January 12 inauguration.  On Monday, Rauner announced that Leslie Munger would fill the vacancy. 

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