June 12, 2001
Illinois State Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka with Raggedy Andy
and the Wonderful Molly Mac Dou
Judy Baar Topinka, Todayís
Woman and a lot more.
by Ed Vincent
Judy Baar Topinka is the Treasurer for the State of
Illinois. She invests the
States' money and watches it earn income for the taxpayers
of Illinois. She
also has a website that will let people know if they
have any unclaimed funds
from inheritance or wills left to them. Iíve
used Ms. Topinka as an
example in the past several weeks as an individual
who has adopted stray
dogs that many would have left for euthanasia (killing
Several months ago Ms. Topinka came upon a small dog
sentenced to death
for not being wanted by anyone. The male dog,
now called Raggedy Andy, is
most often called Andy. He was found wandering
around near a town called
Andrew. Andrew is about ten miles north of our
State Capital of Springfield,
Illinois. If you drive north from Springfield
you will come upon a small town
called Sherman. At Sherman you must go west
a mile to reach Andrew.
Once Raggedy Andy was captured, he was turned over
to the Sangamon
County Dog pound. Judy Baar Topinka rescued
Andy only a day or so
before his death was scheduled. I think Andy
is doll, and so did Ms. Topinka.
She already has a Scottie, Molly Mac Dou, a beautiful
black female with lots
of love and attitude.
Andy and Molly are now buddies and get to travel with
our State Treasurer
all over the State.
Fifteen or so years ago, Judy Baar Topinka was a State
Senator and led the
charge to keep Dog racing from coming to Illinois.
The steps she took saved
the lives of countless animals that would have been
destroyed. Each year
many racing greyhounds are killed, many are shot in
the head and left in
the country. A racing dog is only valuable to
the industry for a couple of
years of racing and then no longer has a chance of
winning. When youíre a
racing dog and you canít win at all, youíre history.
Today many of the
useless greyhounds are adopted by folks that want
a well behaved nice dog.
These useless racers still make great pets and I have
seen many in Oak Park.
State Treasurer Topinka is also currently working with
Representative Bill OíConnor to aid in the prevention
of dogs being used in
dog fights. There is legislation currently before
the Governor that will take
the abuse of dogs in fights out of the Agricultural
arena and place it in the
criminal code. This will allow police officers
to arrest and charge offenders
with the criminal code for such conduct.
Raggedy Andy is a mixed breed dog who is a cross between
a basset hound
and a terrier of some form. When Ms. Topinka
brought him home he
needed a handful of teeth taken out (not figuratively
but literally five teeth),
extensive grooming and some hip work.
Judy Baar Topinka lets it be known to her friends,
staff and co-workers
that each year people should give to their local animal
shelters for Holiday
gifts to her, if they so desire. I am told a
lot of money comes from the
friends of Judy Baar Topinka. Below are links
to the State Treasurers'
Office and the Website for unclaimed funds that may
be looking for
your home (give it a try it's fast and easy).
If Judy Baar Topinka ever wants to run for Governor
she will have lots of support from the people in Illinois.