Transparency remains a priority for Mendoza

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Asked to describe her two years in office as Illinois Comptroller, Susana Mendoza used the words “truth-telling watchdog” and said she continues to seek transparency with the state’s fiscal situation.

Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza
Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza

“We moved forward with some of the most historic transparency reforms in the history of the state of Illinois,” Mendoza said. “And that was meant to allow taxpayers a better idea of how their money is being spent. I really, truly believe taxpayers should know how their tax dollars are being spent and when we know we can hold people accountable.”

Mendoza was elected to fill out the remaining two-year term of the late Judy Baar Topinka in 2016 and admits there has been a learning curve on the job.

“I walked into this job during the worst fiscal crisis in the history of the state of Illinois,” Mendoza said. “And it’s been a wonderful experience, no matter how challenging it may be to get to navigate the state through its worst fiscal crisis.” 

Mendoza’s political career included a 10-year stint as a state legislator, and she was also the first female elected as Chicago City Clerk.

As she seeks re-election, she cites cutting the state’s bill backlog in half, from $16.7 billion to less than $8 billion, as a top accomplishment during her two years in office. 

And even though her political background originates in Chicago, she said she continues to reach out downstate. 

“I have taken it upon myself, even before I was elected comptroller, to get deep into central and southern Illinois to visit farms and speak about how incredibly important agriculture is to our economy,” Mendoza said.    

Audio: Mendoza’s full interview with RFD Radio.

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October 5, 2018 at 01:09AM

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