CHICAGO (AP) _Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner says Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s legal analysis of succession plans for the late Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka shows “bipartisan agreement.”
Topinka died last week. The Republican had won a second term in November.
Madigan said Monday that outgoing Gov. Pat Quinn should appoint a successor until Jan. 12, when current terms end and newly-elected officials are sworn in. After that Rauner should appoint someone. However, Madigan adds that voters should have a say in choosing a replacement in 2016.
Rauner has said Topinka’s aide Nancy Kimme should take over in the interim. She’s also on Rauner’s transition team. In a Monday statement, Rauner says he appreciates Madigan’s thoughts on the appointment, but didn’t comment on a possible election.
A spokesman says Quinn is reviewing the analysis.