Cullerton wants 2016 comptroller special election
Senate President John Cullerton says there should be an “immediate” lawmaker special session to make plans for a 2016 election to replace late Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka.
In a statement, Cullerton’s spokeswoman says the appointment process will “undoubtedly” see litigation but voters should have a say.
Topinka’s death last week created a rare situation for outgoing Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner.
Attorney General Lisa Madigan issued legal analysis Monday saying Quinn should appoint someone until Jan. 12, when current terms ends and newly-elected officials are sworn in. Then once Rauner is in office he should appoint someone.
But Madigan says it’s an elected office and urged lawmakers to consider a 2016 special session.
A spokesman for House Speaker Michael Madigan didn’t immediately return a message.