Illinois Senate approves special election legislation

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SPRINGFIELD - Legislation that would allow a special election in 2016 to replace late Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka has passed the Illinois Senate.

The Senate passed the measure in a 37-15 vote during a special session called by Governor Pat Quinn.  The legislation will now move onto the House, where it has the support of House Speaker Michael Madigan.

The special session and vote come as Quinn's term comes to a close.  Governor-elect Bruce Rauner will be sworn in on January 12, and officials say Rauner plans to appoint Leslie Munger to the vacant comptroller position.  Topinka passed away mere weeks after winning her re-election bid.

Republican lawmakers say the special election that's proposed is a political move designed to help Democrats secure the position in 2016.  However, Quinn says the special election would give voters a chance to voice their opinions when it comes to selecting Topinka's successor.
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