Press Releases
December 10, 2014

Statement from Chicago Federation of Labor President Jorge Ramirez on the passing of Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka

Workers in Illinois lost a strong advocate today with the passing of Judy Baar Topinka. As a 20-year member of the Chicago Federation of Musicians Local 10-208, Judy understood the issues facing families across Illinois. She was a forward thinker who put the best interest of this state and the people who live here above all else. She will be remembered for her larger than life personality, integrity and commitment to working people. At a time in politics where partisanship has nearly crippled state government, Judy was universally liked and respected for her ability to work across the aisle. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends during this difficult time.  

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The Chicago Federation of Labor is the third-largest central labor council of the AFL-CIO in the United States representing 300 local unions comprised of over half a million union members in Chicago and Cook County.