CHICAGO (AP) - As the state faces a dire fiscal crisis, Gov. Pat Quinn (D) and Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka (R) are spending their time encouraging Illinoisans to rescue a pet from a shelter this year.
The two appeared together on Sunday at a Chicago "no-kill" shelter to promote pet adoption and to introduce the governor's new dog Rosie to the public. It was her first public event.
As Comptroller, Topinka's job is to maintain the State's accounts, and order payments into and out of them. However, she also used her office to create the Critters Pet Adoption Program in 2011, which provides an online database for pet adoption.