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“Just Judy” Book Signing at Eli’s Cheesecake

Eli’s Cheesecake is delighted to host Joseph Topinka, son of the late State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, for his book signing at Eli’s Cheesecake on Friday, January 11, 2019. 

“Just Judy” is the first book written about Judy Baar Topinka’s journey through motherhood, politics and life. “I wanted to tell a story about a woman who took on the establishment and succeeded as no other woman has done in Illinois. She did not always win, but she never gave up in life, whether as a child, mother, student, newspaper reporter, legislator or state level leader” said author Joseph Topinka.

The book is designed to aid students in understanding the state government and inspire them to get involved, complete with a teaching guide for educators.

Eli’s remembers Judy as a woman who not only broke through glass ceilings, but was a friend to everyone and a fan of Eli’s Cheesecake. 

Judy Barr Topinka Serving Eli's

Judy Barr Topinka Serving Eli’s

As State Treasurer, Judy Barr Topinka created the spring tradition of Eli’s Cheesecake Day in 1993; a day in May when legislators, guests, lobbyists and state employees would all celebrate with Eli’s Cheesecake at the Illinois State Capitol. State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias kept the tradition alive when he took office and it continues to this day. Always a loyal Eli’s fan, Judy even wagered Eli’s Cheesecakes in a bet with the North Carolina state treasurer Richard Moore on the outcome of the 2005 NCAA basketball championship (in which our Illinois team lost).

Please join us at Eli’s Cheesecake, 6701 W. Forest Preserve Drive on Friday, January 11, 2019 from 2-4:00 pm in the Eli’s Cheesecake Bakery Café.  Joe will have books to sign as well as memorabilia from Judy’s life.  Eli’s Cheesecake and desserts will be served. 

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Stella Foster reports in the Chicago Sun Times on State Treasurer Judy Barr Topinka’s wager of Eli’s Cheesecake

Stella’s column

April 7, 2005


JUDY, JUDY, JUDY: Our feisty state Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka
made a bet with the North Carolina state treasurer, Richard Moore, on the
outcome of Monday’s NCAA basketball championship in which our awesome Illini
team lost to North Carolina 75-70.

If I lose, I will pay him one Eli’s cheesecake , one bushel
of southern Illinois peaches and one dozen Parky’s Chicago hot dogs,” Topinka
told this reporter. “If he loses, he pays me one eastern North Carolina barbecue
dinner consisting of chopped pork barbecue in a vinegar-based sauce and a couple
of dozen hush puppies.”

Pay the piper, Judy, it ain’t like you bet the farm . . . or the State of
Illinois Building!

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