Morning Spin: Mendoza’s first TV ad comes with Chicago imagery as she considers mayoral bid

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Democratic state Comptroller Susana Mendoza released the first ad of her re-election campaign today, in which she compares her high-school and college soccer stardom to challenges in the male-dominated world of politics.

“All I wanted to do was play soccer. And my mother said, ‘Oh no, honey, you can’t play soccer. Only boys play soccer.’ My dad said, ‘If she wants to try it, let’s try it. After the first time she gets kicked in the shins, it’s gonna hurt, she’s not gonna want to play.’ I got kicked in the shins, I just kicked back harder,” Mendoza says in the ad.

Mendoza went on to win all-state and All-Midwest honors in soccer at Bolingbrook High School. She received an academic and soccer scholarship at Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo., and received All-Midwest honors there as well.

What we’re reading

*The Better Government Association is releasing an investigation of the city’s recycling program, saying it found the Emanuel administration has allowed a private city recycling hauler to divert tons of residential plastics and paper into company owned landfills and costing taxpayers twice.

*Kanye West to dine with President Trump at the White House.

*State Journal-Register: Vice President Pence to visit Springfield for Davis fundraiser.

Follow the money

*Track Illinois campaign contributions in real time here and here.

Beyond Chicago

*Nikki Haley resigns as Trump’s United Nations ambassador.

*Kavanaugh attends first Supreme Court hearing as new justice.

*Anthony Weiner to get out of prison early.

*Hurricane Michael upgraded.

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October 10, 2018 at 06:30AM

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