During the period of her lengthy career, this Republican Party politician served in both Illinois House of Representatives as well as the Illinois Senate and in addition held the offices of Illinois Treasurer and Illinois Comptroller. She gained a journalism level from Northwestern School and subsequently proved helpful being a reporter and editor for many Chicago-area magazines. Before getting into politics herself, she proved helpful as a politics consultant. She was raised in suburban Chicago, Illinois, as the little girl of eastern Western european immigrants. Before finishing in divorce, her relationship to Joe Topinka created a son called Joseph. She dropped the 2006 Illinois gubernatorial election to Fishing rod Blagojevich.