CHICAGO (AP) — Republican legislative leaders say the only "responsible" way to name a replacement for late Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka is through an appointment by Republican Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner.
Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno and House Republican Leader Jim Durkin released a statement Thursday. Earlier in the day, Gov. Pat Quinn announced he's calling lawmakers to Springfield next month to consider a 2016 special election for comptroller.
Topinka died last week. She had won a second term in November.
Quinn says voters should have a say.
However, Republican say a "partisan and constitutionally-dubious eleventh hour law" would face legal challenges.
Attorney General Lisa Madigan says Quinn can name an immediate successor and Rauner has authority to name a four-year replacement once in office. But Madigan, a Democrat, also urged a 2016 election.