Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka is denying that she tried to pull strings to land her son a job at Southern Illinois University.
A video of a recent event where Topinka appeared with Governor Pat Quinn captured audio from a live microphone.
Although the entire conversation can’t be heard, Topinka at one point appeared to be encouraging Quinn to help find a job for her son at SIU, emphasizing his qualifications for a position.
Topinka’s Democratic opponent, Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon, issued a press release accusing Topinka of trying to use political clout to help her family.
A Topinka spokesman says the comptroller was just bragging about her son, not trying to land a job for him.