Morning Spin: Susana Mendoza commits to four years as comptroller

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Democratic state Comptroller Susana Mendoza, a potential candidate for Chicago mayor, committed to staying in the statewide office — if Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner wins re-election.

Appearing on a candidate forum on WTTW Ch.-11 Thursday night with Republican challenger Darlene Senger, Mendoza restated that she is “focused on being comptroller.”

But she said she’s told those passing around mayoral candidacy petitions with her name that “if Bruce Rauner gets re-elected, I will be comptroller as long as he is governor because I believe that I have been the last line of defense for taxpayers in this state and I will continue to fight for them every step of the way.”

City Council budget hearings are an annual chance for black and Hispanic aldermen to vent their frustration over low minority hiring numbers throughout city government. While Villegas’ proposal stands little chance of success, he said it’s a new way to highlight the problem.

“Our community is getting tired of constantly repeating itself and thus it’s best just to start acting versus begging for fairness in contracting,” he said. (John Byrne)

*Raoul recounts “emotional” Nov. 6 in new ad: Democratic attorney general candidate Kwame Raoul has a new ad in which he recounts “emotional” Nov. 6 dates of the past.

“It’s the day 15 years ago I lost my father to cancer. Fourteen years ago, it was the day I was appointed to fill Barack Obama‘s seat in the state Senate. This year, it’s the day we vote,” Raoul says in the spot. “The day we send Donald Trump a message — that we will fight his attacks on our values, our health care, our civil rights and end his vicious assault on our decency and dignity.”

Raoul is facing Republican Erika Harold of Urbana for the office being vacated by retiring Democratic Attorney General Lisa Madigan. (Rick Pearson)

*Harold isn’t attending Trump event: Harold said she won’t be campaigning with Trump on Monday in southern Illinois.

“We have previously scheduled activities in the suburbs, campaign activities, so that’s what I’ll be doing,” Harold said.

Trump is making the trip to help Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Bost of Murphysboro in his re-election bid against Democratic challenger Brendan Kelly in one of Illinois’ four hotly contested congressional races.

The Rauner campaign hasn’t yet said whether the governor will go. (Mike Riopell)

*On the Sunday Spin: Tribune political reporter Rick Pearson’s guests are Christopher Mooney, political scientist at the University of Illinois and its Institute of Government and Public Affairs, to handicap the races; Pritzker and Rauner. The Sunday Spin airs from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. on WGN-AM 720.

What we’re writing

*Bill Daley, whose brother and father ran Chicago for 43 years, backs a term limit for mayor.

*Daley slams rivals Toni Preckwinkle, Susana Mendoza’s re-election runs while eyeing Chicago mayor bid as “crazy.”

*Candidates for Illinois governor are split over marijuana legalization.

*Sen. Marco Rubio to visit Chicago area to help Roskam raise money.

*Illinois Capitol goes on brief lockdown after substance found in men’s room.

What we’re reading

*Obama to campaign for Democrats in Milwaukee on Friday.

*FBI: Man who ran against Speaker Paul Ryan tried to buy lethal dose of a radioactive substance.

*Bankruptcy judge to OK Sears’ plans for store closing sales.

Follow the money

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

Beyond Chicago

*More suspicious packages to Biden, De Niro.

*Bomb investigation turns to Florida.

*Trump slams NYT iPhone report.

*Trump resumes attacks on media.

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October 26, 2018 at 05:27AM

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