Susana Mendoza

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza about the state's record bill backlog, and other financial issues.

Illinois comptroller Susana Mendoza is applauding passage of the Debt Transparency Act and reductions in the state's massive bill backlog.

Gov. Bruce Rauner criticized Democrats' call Monday to borrow money to take a chunk out of a $14.4 billion pile of overdue bills.        

The Illinois State Comptroller is voicing an optimistic, yet cautious message now that the two-year-old state budget impasse is over.

Susana Mendoza says the bond rating agencies can rest assured the state can continue honoring its commitments to bond-holders and the pension funds.

Illinois government has been deadlocked on a state budget for 23 months. During that time, the once-perfunctory job of comptroller has gained in power and prominence.

The airing of grievances over the ongoing state budget impasse continued Monday between Governor Bruce Rauner and Comptroller Susana Mendoza.

Governor Bruce Rauner is accusing three of Illinois’ top Democrats of “coordinating” to shut down state government. All three deny the charge.

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New Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza was sworn into office Monday, pledging to work with both parties in sorting out the state's fiscal mess.

Comptroller Mendoza will serve out the remainder of the late Judy Baar Topinka's term and says she plans to honor her legacy. Mendoza wore a red suit once owned by Topinka and took the oath of office on a Topinka family bible.