Comptroller Mendoza included in Chicago Magazine’s list of 50 Most Powerful Chicagoans

Thursday, February 22, 2024

Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza, the state’s highest-ranking Hispanic elected official, is honored and flattered to be included in Chicago Magazine’s list of the 50 most powerful Chicagoans.  

“As your state comptroller, I have the power to help people in Chicago and across Illinois by managing the state’s accounts; paying the state’s bills faster than the private sector and finding ways to save state taxpayers money,” Mendoza said. 

Mendoza was born and raised in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood and later in the southwest suburbs of Woodridge and Bolingbrook. After college, she moved back to Little Village and was elected as the youngest state representative in the Illinois House at the time. Mendoza was then elected as the first woman to serve as Chicago City Clerk. She and her husband, David, and their son David, now live in Chicago’s Portage Park neighborhood and she represents every citizen of Illinois as their State Comptroller. 

The magazine writes: She was elected Comptroller in 2016, amidst the state’s two year budget crisis, and spent years paying off the backlog of bills caused by the stalemate, cutting those IOUs from $17 billion to under $3 billion. “She turned the comptroller’s office into something legitimate,” says a Springfield observer. “She inherited a fiscal mess and worked to stabilize the department.” 

The story notes: “Mendoza won more than 2.3 million votes in her 2022 reelection, the most of any statewide candidate.” The 50 Most Powerful Chicagoans, Ranked – Chicago Magazine