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Former Governor Jim Thompson says Judy Baar Topinka worked with dignity and served the people of Illinois with honor. He says other political leaders could learn from her example.

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Thompson says political leaders can find solutions to high debt, high unemployment, high crime, and crumbling infrastructure if they put partisanship aside and work together. He says it's just one reason why Topinka was successful in all of her endeavors. She died suddenly after having a stroke last week. Nearly a-thousand-people gathered at a memorial service in her honor yesterday.

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