Joseph Baar Topinka, son of former Illinois politician Judy Baar Topinka, is working to keep his mother’s legacy alive.
On this episode of the Master Your Healthcare Career Podcast – Dr. Stanowski welcomes special guest Joseph Topinka to discuss how to land top graduate residencies and internships – how to transition from a student to a practitioner – how to be involved health policy – the importance of advocacy – and how to apply for a CAHME/Judy Baar Topinka scholarship award.
Joseph Topinka, son of Judy Baar Topinka, a history-making legislator from Illinois – is a retired military attorney and now Assistant Professor of Practice at Texas State University where he oversees the School of Health Administrations residency and internship programs and teaches employment law and health law for healthcare administrators.
The Klas Restaurant building is at risk of being demolished. If Judy Baar Topinka was alive, she would be fighting to save it.
Judy announced her candidacy for Illinois Governor because of her love for her Czech and Slavic heritage. For her, the building represented her heritage as well as her community which included the Cicero area. Please watch the video about the Klas Restaurant building and the effort to save it. Also, enjoy the photos of Judy in Cicero, including near or in the Klas Building itself.
We received a wonderful letter from Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s office recognizing Judy’s efforts for the LGBTQ community.
OFFICE OF THE MAYOR: CITY OF CHICAGO
LORI E. LIGHTFOOT: MAYOR
March 17, 2021
Mr. Joseph Baar Topinka
Dear Mr. Topinka:
On behalf of the City of Chicago, I extend heartfelt gratitude to you for accepting this award on behalf of Judy Baar Topinka. It is an honor to welcome her into the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame.
Judy Baar Topinka was a true friend to the LGBT community. During her time in the Illinois House of Representatives, the Illinois Senate, and as Illinois State Treasurer she fought for gay rights, supported the Illinois Marriage Equality Bill, opened her office to the Equality Illinois’ delegation during the group’s lobby days, and much more. She broke down barriers for generations and her legacy will always live on.
I am proud to welcome Judy Baar Topinka into this year’s distinguished Hall of Fame class.
The Windy City Times posted a wonderful article about Judy’s unwavering support of the LGBTQ community.
“Jeepers, gay people are people,” Judy told Windy City Times just prior to her 2014 re-election. “There’s rights under the constitution—everybody’s supposed to have them—and it bugs me when folks pick on gays or anybody else. I have a lot of gay people working in my office; they’re wonderful employees. We don’t single them out, or anything; they’re just part of the family.”
Joe Topinka, J.D., M.B.A., M.H.A. appears on the Karen Conti show with fellow guest Dr. Jennifer Lawless, a professor at the University of Virginia! They discuss the anticipation of the city of Chicago’s first African-American female mayor. How will a woman conduct herself and govern differently in this prestigious position?