Quinn signs 2016 comptroller special election bill

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CHICAGO (AP) _ Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a bill allowing a 2016 special election to replace late Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka.

Topinka died last month after winning a second term. There’s been disagreement about succession plans.

Republican Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner says his appointee should stay in office for four years. He plans to name Republican businesswoman Leslie Munger.

But lawmakers in the Democrat-controlled House and Senate approved the special election plan Thursday, which cuts Munger’s term to two years. Munger has said she’ll run in 2016.

The new law requires a special election any time a vacancy occurs in the offices of attorney general, secretary of state, comptroller or treasurer. The bill requires a period of at least 28 months before the next election.