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A public memorial service for late Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka is scheduled for next week.

The comptroller's office says the memorial service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at Operating Engineers' Local 150 headquarters in Countryside.

Topinka died unexpectedly Wednesday at the age of 70 after suffering complications from a stroke. Her passing came just weeks after she was elected to a second term.

A news release says fellow state leaders, colleagues and family will share stories and celebrate Topinka's life at the memorial.

Spokesman Brad Hahn says while Topinka "made it very clear she didn't want a funeral or a wake" she included a stipulation in the legal document that her family and friends could hold a memorial service for her following her cremation.

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