"Judy Baar Topinka was one of the first politicians I ever became aware of - she was my state Senator before I came into politics. She was beautiful, funny and an independent thinker. I was always in awe of her. She had the qualities we admire in our friends and public officials. She was articulate, sincere and had a wonderful sense of humor. She was smart, practical, tolerant and honest.She wasn't afraid to take strong positions and stand to defend them. Judy will long be remembered by the people of Illinois.
My family and I extend our condolences to her family and many friends."