State of Illinois
Illinois Comptroller Susana A. Mendoza took office in December 2016 and was re-elected in 2018. She is the first Hispanic independently elected to statewide office in Illinois.
Since becoming comptroller, Mendoza shifted priority to the funding of nursing homes, hospice centers, schools, and the state’s most vulnerable citizens during the state’s two-year budget impasse. Although the comptroller must pay the state’s bills as they arrive, the budget crisis forced the office to prioritize which bills would be paid first. Mendoza also worked with legislators of both parties on legislation that makes financial information more publicly available.