BERWYN, Ill. (AP) -- The father of Illinois Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka has died.
William Baar, 89, died Tuesday night at McNeal Hospital in Berwyn after what his family described as a three-month battle with pneumonia.
``I would like to thank all of my friends and supporters who have kept my father in their prayers,'' Topinka said. ``Your support is deeply appreciated.''
Baar was a resident of the Chicago suburb of Riverside. He retired after 45 years as a real estate agent.
In his memory, a foundation will be established to provide students with musical scholarships, Topinka said.
``He was well-known to his friends as a superb piano player,'' she said.