In her twelve year term as State Treasurer, Judy Barr Topinka created the Spring Tradition of Eli’s Cheesecake Day; a day in May when legislators, guests, lobbyists and state employees would all celebrate with Eli’s Cheesecake at the State Capitol.

With the election of Alexi Giannoulias as State Treasurer, there were some questions as to the future of Eli’s Cheesecake Day. As noted in the Daily Herald and in the Peoria Journal Star, the tradition is alive and very well.

We look forward to supporting Treasurer Giannoulias and bringing joy and Eli’s Cheesecake to the Illinois State Capitol
in May for many years to come.

Yum, yum

School groups and tourists visiting the Capitol this week stumbled across what statehouse insiders consider to be one of the best days to be in the building – cheesecake day.

For years, Republican state Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka would open the doors to her office and give away slices of Eli’s cheesecake to Capitol denizens and visitors.

First-term Democratic state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias kept the tradition alive Wednesday. The chocolate chip cheesecake was wonderful, topped only by the scrumptious Turtle cheesecake.

Doug Finke
Statehouse Insider
Doug Finke is a columnist and statehouse reporter for GateHouse News Service.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

There are a lot of pressing issues facing lawmakers right now, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have time to eat well.

Then there was cheesecake day. Former Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka always brought in a ton of Eli’s cheesecake in late May and handed out slices to lawmakers, lobbyists, staff, press and everyone else stuck in the Capitol this time of year. It, too, was popular, and people wondered if newly elected Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias would continue the tradition. He did. In fact, Giannoulias jokingly said he’s fielded more calls about cheesecake than about any issue facing his office.

At least, we think he was joking.