Quinn Calls Session For Comptroller Election
By The Associated Press, with Additional Reporting from Illinois Public Media
Gov. Pat Quinn is calling Illinois lawmakers back to Springfield to consider a 2016 special election to replace late Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka.
In a Thursday statement, Quinn says the special session will be Jan. 8.
He says that will give voters a chance to weigh in. He didn't immediately name an interim successor. Topinka died last week. She had won a second term in November.
There have been conflicting ideas about her replacement.
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan said Quinn can appoint someone until Jan. 12, when Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner takes office.
After that, Rauner has the authority to name a full four-year replacement.
However, Madigan also urged lawmakers to consider a special election in 2016 so voters could have a say. That requires lawmakers to approve legislation.
Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner believes that once he takes over, he should be able to make a full, 4-year appointment.
"There is a real likelihood that a statute mandating a special election would violate the Constitution and result in costly litigation and uncertainty for Illinois taxpayers," said Rauner, in a statement.
Republican legislative leaders say the only "responsible'' way to name a replacement is through an appointment by Rauner.