CHICAGO (AP) — The son of late Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka has filed a lawsuit accusing his mother’s chief of staff of taking campaign funds.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday in Cook County by Joseph Baar Topinka accuses Nancy Kimme of taking nearly $89,000 from Topinka’s campaign fund and using some or all to buy clothes, travel, and pay off debts.

Kimme denies wrongdoing and told the (Springfield) State Journal-Register (http://bit.ly/1QZ39Nk ) the allegations are reckless. She says she received $25,000 from the campaign fund for work and that nearly $64,000 was transferred in August from one bank with a now-canceled Topinka credit card to another bank with the main campaign account.

Topinka died in December 2014 after she won another four-year term. Her campaign fund had nearly $1 million available as of Jan. 1.

 

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