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Kimme Barred from Spending Topinka’s Funds

January 22, 2016

Chicago, Fri., Jan 22, 2016 — Cook County Circuit Judge Anna Helen Demacopoulos today barred Springfield lobbyist Nancy Kimme from spending any funds from the late Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka’s political committee bank account.

“No funds in the account of Citizens for Judy Baar Topinka shall be expended except for defense of this case by the fund, and with / or by the agreement of counsel, court order or both,” said Judge Demacopoulos in entering a temporary restraining order.

With no authority from the Topinka family to do so, Kimme assumed control of her mentor’s political committee and its nearly $900,000 in assets days after Comptroller Topinka’s December 10, 2014 death.

Judy Baar Topinka was one of the first two Illinois Republican women elected statewide, the first Republican woman nominee for Governor in 2006 and the re-elected Illinois Comptroller at the time of her unexpected passing. She also served as Illinois Treasurer, a member of the Illinois General Assembly, a director of the Regional Transportation Authority and the state GOP chairman. Her legacy is widely regarded as a common sense, inclusive, non-partisan determination for people in government to work together to solve problems while having fun in the process.

In the press release announcing this lawsuit to reclaim the political committee bank account, plaintiff Joseph Baar Topinka cited his mother’s “joyful exuberance” and “irrepressible spirit toward Illinois and its citizens.”

Joseph Topinka, Comptroller Topinka’s only child and the executor of her estate, said the four-count suit was prompted by one year of attempts by himself, his attorney and others to reach Kimme that brought no resolution to his insistence that his mother’s political contributions be used to fund the Judy Baar Topinka Charitable Foundation, which was established in 2015.

“The issuance of a court order today prohibiting expenditure of funds held by Citizens for Judy Baar Topinka Committee without a court order was a victory for Joseph Topinka and donors to the committee. Improper and unauthorized use of the funds by Nancy Kimme will no longer be allowed,” said Anthony Peraica, attorney for Joseph Topinka, and longtime friend of the Topinka family.

“The Topinka motion for temporary restraining order is entered,” Judge Demacopoulos said.

The case, Joseph Baar Topinka, et al v. Nancy Kimme, et al, 15–CH–18684, was filed December 29, 2015. Its next hearing is scheduled for March 15 at 2 p.m. in Room R-2008 of the Daley Center.

Attachments:
Topinka 1-22-16 order
Announcement release
TOPINKA v Kimme Burnett 15-CH-18684

TOPINKA v Kimme Burnett Case No 15-CH-18684 (002)

Topinka 1-22-16 order

Topinka Rel
Contact: Chris Robling; (m) 312 343-2026; crobling@clearspanstrategic.com

2012 in review — Thanks for visiting

January 6, 2013

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 3,900 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 7 years to get that many views.

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“The Next Four Years” a note to Jim Marciniak — 9/18/2010

November 26, 2012

1.jim marciniak has attacked two of the people who voted him president of the RB school board.  “Save RBHS from ‘destructive’ school board,” http://www.rblandmark.com/main.asp?SectionID=3&SubSectionID=46&ArticleID=9639&TM=56143.89 .  

2. two years ago, i wrote something very similar:  “Time for a change,” http://www.riversideinfo.org/forum/topic/landmark-letter-turnaround-needed-at-rbhs/page/9  

3. “Time for a change” was an expansion of a small item, on a Landmark article, at http://www.rblandmark.com/main.asp?TypeID=1&ArticleID=6546&SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&Page=2:

“Posted: Friday, September 17, 2010,  Article comment by: chris robling,  I have said before and I repeat, being anti-teacher is wrong. Expecting their union to help us mistakes its purpose.

“An election beckons, same day as the referendum. The terms of the four board members who approved the contract and approved the $2 million red-ink budget are over. They must be replaced by members who are capable and ready to address this mess forthrightly and effectively.

“Once the fiscal course is righted, the academic rebirth underway with Dr Bonette and Mrs Bylsma will take us even higher than we are now.”

4. before that item was posted by the Landmark, i had the unfortunate duty of writing my one-time comrade, jim marciniak.  no fun, but i felt i owed him a calm explanation of why i would no longer support him for re-election.  i stand by every word . . .

Hi jim,

I take zero pleasure in writing this.

Last night I posted an item at the landmark that calls for you, sue, marianne and larry to be replaced in april [Note: The item immediately above]. I don’t know when it will appear, it is in their system.

Given our history of sharing cub and boy scouts, preservation commission and the citizens committee, and most of all as running mates in 2007, this is a very sad moment for me.  I do not suppose that you care at all, but still, I wanted to let you know myself, out of respect for what you, david, jerry and i started and our community’s need for comprehensive reform at 208.

Obviously we have been out of tune with each other since the moment you decided not to clean the augean stable with the fresh hands we provided in 2009.  You broke your word to me, and I think jerry and david, and you now wear the jacket for a parade of horribles and missed opportunities.  In selling SWiM out after they voted you president you made liars out of those of us who recruited them in reliance on your constancy.  For this I would appreciate an apology to me and an acknowledgement to SWiM.

That you pushed reform with a few of your actions is to your everlasting credit.  I thank you for these flashes, but they put into relief your mistakes.

For example, fingering baldermann’s deceit began an avalanche that ended his and charles flowers’ careers.  You performed a huge public service.  I salute you for dumping [(name of discharged RB staffer)], an odious and abusive hack who was the center of untold corruption.  But — by letting him stay an extra year you gave his minions time to consolidate and cover their tracks.

I also applaud you for cutting gobble’s belay line.  He richly deserved what he got and you were right to ignore his plea for mercy and promotion.  Thank you.

But your public promise of the drug-dealer investigation on 25 august 09 was a lie.  Worse, you ignored jerry’s written complaint.  Thereby you allowed larry and co. to make those of us holding 208 to its zero-tolerance policy into the problem.  Because of the drug dimension in a school, this sickened me then and it does now.

But beyond many such disappointments, your worst decision is the most recent.  How any public official in this recession could burn up 2.2 million tax dollars in a dice roll-referendum is beyond understanding.  It’s bad budgeting and gross insensitivity to the stretched finances of your constituents.  Jim, it’s not just me.  Check the five pages of nastygrams at the landmark site, including several from dedicated opponents of reform.  This cataclysmic misjudgment has already  isolated the board and the school from our community.  In so doing it impedes the progress larry started by calling david in and you continued by hiring pam.

All of this is worsened by your seeming association with a hare-brained and disingenuous union challenge, not to say affront, by which it understandably seeks to preserve advantages into the next contract and board term that you bestowed on it in the negotiations you botched as a freshman, under larry’s cunning tutelage.

Jim, I know you have spent a ton of time on this.  I appreciate that and i thank you for the countless hours and headaches.  I do not doubt your integrity.  So, I believe you think you have been doing the right thing all along.  Had you ever communicated, perhaps I would better understand why yo took some of your steps.  But even here you took a strange direction.  Your self-imposed isolation has done nothing to build public understanding, let alone support, for your RB program, whatever it is.

This has been particularly exasperating since you became president.  Not simply because you appeared to ignore the three men who voted you in, but because for months thereafter you allowed larry to serve as de facto board spokesman.  This vitiated your ascendence, denied the public a clear idea of who was in charge (or maybe not) and told a tale about you.

For the record, I think something very noxious was going on at RB under larry, jack, greg fronzo, otto and company.  It’s what you, mary jo, jerry and I discussed at klemm’s the morning we asked you to run with david and me.  I thought we agreed.  I thought you ran, as I did, to end that, and build up the best illinois HS of its size.

Instead, you wrapped yourself around their axle, were co-opted by compromise and became bizarrely concerned with their estimate of you — while they barely hid their contempt for you, your friends and your positions.

As a result, your service has been half of what I thought it could be.

Publicly I have always moderated my comments about your actions, even after your may 09 betrayal of SWiM.  When possible I have praised you for the good of the order and to keep attention on the slime and the rot.  I suppose I will continue to do so, I have no personal animus towards you at all.

But I am working to recruit first class candidates.  Should you decide to run, expect me to support them vigorously.

This community still deserves a board that is univocally commited to reform, e.g., best practices and exacting adherence to the highest standards of public secondary education.  At this point, I saddly conclude, you impede that.  You are now part of the problem we recruited you to help solve.  You need to be replaced.

All my best, c

5. As it happens, with no necessary connection to any of this, jim decided within the next several weeks to announce that he would not run for re-election: “RBHS president won’t run for re-election” 10/13/2010.  http://www.rblandmark.com/main.asp?Search=1&ArticleID=6661&SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&S=1  larry herbst, sue kleinmeyer and mariann leibrandt also decided not to run.

 

“Thanks to all candidates for office” — 4-14-2009

July 21, 2012
4/14/2009 10:00:00 PM  Email this article • Print this article 

Thanks to the candidates and their families for taking time to run for office, formulating positions and pushing public discussion and debate forward.

Democracy depends on an involved public. Campaigning is a most demanding level of participation. The candidates made that contribution, and we benefited. Thank you.

Chris Robling
Riverside

“Conservative students give thumbs up to pundit” — 5/19/2009

July 21, 2012

Here is the follow-up to Mike Gallagher’s appearance at RBHS, a reply to Bill Ayers’ earlier talk.  Thank you, Mike Gallagher.

“I think it was great because, like he said, the liberals control most of the media and the people don’t get both sides of the subject,” said Frank Lubek Jr., a junior at RB. “He presented his views that normally wouldn’t get presented in the school environment.”

During his talk, Gallagher criticized Ayers.

“Activism doesn’t mean you blow up buildings and don’t apologize for it,” Gallagher said. “He was a domestic terrorist.”

The whole RB Landmark article is available at: http://www.rblandmark.com/main.asp?Search=1&ArticleID=5006&SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&S=1

“Fox News pundit to speak at RBHS” — 5-5-2009

July 21, 2012

Quote from the article—

RB parent and Republican activist and commentator Chris Robling was instrumental in putting RB in touch with WIND so that RB could present a conservative speaker to counterbalance Ayers, who spoke at RB in February.

“It is very important for RB to present kids with a balanced view of important topics and this certainly adds balance to the question of activism that changes the world,” Robling said. “The students will be well served, because they will have the issue of activism approached from two different points on the political spectrum.”

On the morning of Ayers’ appearance Robling suggested to District 208 board member Bill McCloskey that RB schedule a conservative speaker to present a different viewpoint from Ayers.

McCloskey passed along the suggestion to RB Assistant Principal Tim Scanlon who in short order called Robling and asked for suggestions on possible speakers.

Full RB Landmark article at: http://www.rblandmark.com/main.asp?Search=1&ArticleID=4961&SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&S=1

blog start

January 12, 2012

hi.  thanks for visiting.  MJ declared my various posts should come under one roof.  thanks to her for everything — and  pushing me to start this.  here i will post new notes and pull together earlier ones.  hope you enjoy it.