Stella’s column

April 7, 2005

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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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