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*** UPDATED x1 *** McHenry County Auditor announces comptroller bid

Wednesday, Jan 12, 2022

* I told subscribers about this earlier, but Teresi is another Grif Ticket candidate…

McHenry County Auditor Shannon Teresi today launched her campaign for Illinois Comptroller. Teresi’s extensive experience in forensic auditing, creating transparency for taxpayers, and fighting corruption give her a sterling background to draw from to help right the ship of Illinois’ disastrous finances.

“Throughout my career, I have seen firsthand how important transparency is in the process of managing taxpayer dollars,” Teresi said. “That’s what I promise to bring to the office of Comptroller: open communication with the taxpayers and an eagle eye to root out the waste, fraud, and abuse our state is plagued by thanks to decades of Madigan Machine politics. Illinois needs a Comptroller with real financial experience, not a career politician controlled by the special interests. As an experienced CPA, auditor, and Certified Fraud Examiner, I have the experience to manage the state’s finances and crush corruption where and when it starts.”

Teresi has served McHenry County as Auditor since 2018 when she was appointed and subsequently elected twice, most recently in 2020 receiving nearly 75% of the vote.

As Auditor, Teresi led the charge to make good government reforms on behalf of the taxpayers. In addition to modernizing the audit process, making it accessible online to taxpayers and creating a system of accountability, she also implemented paperless systems for greater efficiency and cost savings. Teresi also instituted processes ensuring taxpayer dollars are being spent for the good of the county, not the personal benefit of its political leaders.

Prior to becoming McHenry County Auditor, Teresi worked in the Auditor’s office, tackling challenges to save time for county employees and ensuring taxpayer dollars were being spent wisely. She oversaw the County’s financial statements and government accounting. Teresi saw firsthand the amount of waste and inefficiency in county government and set out to correct that on becoming the county’s Auditor.

Teresi is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Fraud Examiner, and a Certified Internal Auditor. Teresi brings years of private sector audit and tax experience having worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers. That time spent working with Fortune 500 companies on their auditing, financial reporting, and taxes helped inform Teresi’s work as County Auditor, where she successfully applied many of the practices to cut out waste from the county’s spending.

Teresi is a life-long McHenry County resident, where she currently resides with her husband, two sons, and dog.

* Meanwhile, here’s Greg Hinz

With a reported push from hedge-fund mogul Ken Griffin, signs are growing that a statewide slate of GOP candidates that the party’s big funders are willing to back finally is close to coming together.

One development is state Rep. Tom Demmer, R-Dixon, announcing [yesterday] his candidacy for Illinois treasurer against incumbent Democrat Mike Frerichs.

The bigger news could occur any time, with multiple party sources saying they’ve heard that Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin will be getting into the governor’s race, with Griffin’s support. […]

Griffin’s spokeswoman said she is not aware of any pending big announcements.

* Rep. Tim Butler alluded to the joint effort earlier today on Sam Madonia’s show, pointing out that SoS candidate John Milhiser and Rep. Demmer were on the same slate.

* And while we’re on this topic, here’s Marni Pyke

Suburban Republicans are taking starring roles in what’s shaping up to be a bruising and boisterous primary election for a standard-bearer to challenge Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker.

For starters, Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin is expected to announce his candidacy for governor in the coming days.

Palatine Township Highway Commissioner Aaron Del Mar is running as lieutenant governor with Gary Rabine of McHenry County, a Schaumburg business owner who is seeking to be the next governor.

And, McHenry County Board Vice Chairwoman Carolyn Schofield will team with gubernatorial hopeful and former state Sen. Paul Schimpf of Monroe County as a candidate for lieutenant governor.

*** UPDATE *** Comptroller Mendoza…

I welcome all candidates and look forward to talking about my lengthy and historic record of accomplishments as Comptroller on behalf of taxpayers with voters in all 102 counties of our great state of Illinois. Through smart financial management and fiscal discipline coupled with tenacious perseverance, I’ve successfully navigated our state through unprecedented fiscal challenges.

As Illinois’ fiscal watchdog, I’ve implemented historic transparency reforms, led our state to its first credit upgrades in decades, delivered the fastest vendor payment cycle in over 20 years, and paid down our bill backlog by over 75% without using federal stimulus funds - in the middle of a global pandemic.

When Illinois voters chose me in 2016 and 2018, they elected a strong, battle tested, proven leader who knows how to get things done. There is no challenge that I will not rise up to for Illinois. I will continue working hard to earn the votes and confidence of every voter across the state, regardless of their political party, and I look forward to the work that has yet to be done

…Adding… Teresi and Milhiser are both using Chain Bridge Bank, which was founded by former US Sen. Peter Fitzgerald and is favored by GOP types in DC. They also both have the same campaign treasurer, Les Williamson of The Larrison Group, a “boutique political consulting firm” in Georgetown that does GOP fundraising.

…Adding… DPI…

Democratic Party of Illinois Executive Director Abby Witt released the following statement regarding the latest candidate announcement from the Ken Griffin ticket:

“We’ve seen this before, haven’t we? In 2016, Bruce Rauner‘s handpicked comptroller candidate was roundly rejected by voters after helping the ‘worst Republican governor in America’ drive the state’s finances into a ditch. Now, Ken Griffin is running the Rauner Reboot, revealing his slate of puppets in a desperate bid to pull Illinois back to the Rauner days of budget impasses and months-long bill backlogs.

“Thankfully, Illinois voters elected Susana Mendoza to fight the Rauner agenda during his disastrous term in office and re-elected her to help clean up the financial mess Rauner left behind. Now, we’re balancing our budget, actually paying our bills on time, and upgrading our credit for the first time in decades.

“No matter who Ken Griffin picks for his latest political game, Illinois voters won’t be fooled — the Rauner Reboot is destined to be a flop.”

…Adding… ILGOP’s Joe Hackler…

“Susanna Mendoza has never been qualified to be comptroller, just to be another corrupt insider politician capitalizing on her relationships with the Machine to advance herself at the expense of Illinois families. Mendoza received huge contributions from Danny Solis (indicted), got married at the home of Ed Burke (indicted), and has been repaid her debts to Mike Madigan (resigned in disgrace, indictment looming) for advancing her career by endorsing JB Pritzker. Mendoza is just another part of the corrupt circle of politicians Illinois Democrats have elevated to state office, and exactly why we need a competent, qualified comptroller to take her place”

- Posted by Rich Miller        

63 Comments
  1. - Long Time Independent - Wednesday, Jan 12, 22 @ 10:36 am:

    Very good choice but this will be a very difficult race for the Republicans because Mendoza is a fierce campaigner.


  2. - John Lopez - Wednesday, Jan 12, 22 @ 10:37 am:

    McHenry County Auditor Shannon Teresi is a solid, genuine candidate for Republican primary voters.

    And thus far, McHenry County Board Vice Chairwoman Carolyn Schofield is the best choice for lieutenant governor by any of the four major declared candidates for governor, and Paul Schimpf should be commended for picking Schofield.


  3. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Jan 12, 22 @ 10:38 am:

    Mendoza ain’t Frerichs, she will be tougher to go after and beat. The fiscal aspects and accomplishments by Mendoza will be tough to attack or make less.

    To an overall of the post,

    The Griffin Slate is different than any GOP thought during the Trumpkin Era.

    Granted, it is very much so a slate that Rauner thinking (Griffin wants) could rally around very easily, but here’s the thing;

    In context of Trump, ironically, Rauner/Griffin thinking is trying to save the GOP. If you aren’t a fan of a “Bailey”, you need to find “someone”. The statewide offices with the most opportunities to gain, can’t be Trumpkin cultists. Nope.

    I find myself very torn, not in a feign way, but in a real bare bones honest way. It’s bigger than lesser of two evils, Raunerism or Trumpkins. It’s even bigger than these offices or races for them, it *is* trying to find a way back from a deeper abyss than Raunerism ever took a party, it’s an abyss ruining the entire way the Republuc can exist. For that, I’m first grateful that there will be options outside the Trumpkin cult. The rest will be about the races themselves.

    The comptroller race is … “ok”… but the slate, SoS, Treasurer… statehouse… let’s see if isolating and taking down Trumpkins is possible.


  4. - Arsenal - Wednesday, Jan 12, 22 @ 10:42 am:

    A legit resume,but Mendoza has a lot of successes, and on the very things that Terisi talks about (Transparency, rooting out waste). And Terisi making Madigan so central to her announcement is…not ideal.


  5. - Raising Kane - Wednesday, Jan 12, 22 @ 10:49 am:

    “Mendoza is a fierce campaigner”

    I use to believe that too….until that disastrous Mayor’s race. I was certain she would make the runoff….right up until the results came in and she finished in 5th place. I mean she literally came in behind Willie Wilson….Oof!


  6. - Henry Francis - Wednesday, Jan 12, 22 @ 10:57 am:

    “crush corruption”?

    Maybe I missed it, but I didn’t see any examples in her announcement of her doing this. Also, is there corruption in the Controller’s office? I didn’t see any examples in her announcement (I guess mentioning Madigan attempts to do this?).

    On her LinkedIn page she doesn’t list her undergraduate education. But she does list her masters degree in Accounting from NIU (where apparently she played intramural tennis)

    Is she just a less experienced (and presumably less offensive) Munger? I think Mendoza’s record as Controller will be thought to beat.


  7. - Pius - Wednesday, Jan 12, 22 @ 11:01 am:

    ===not a career politician controlled by the special interests=== Apparently Griffin had no special interests in the statewide races. /s


  8. - John Lopez - Wednesday, Jan 12, 22 @ 11:02 am:

    === And Terisi making Madigan so central to her announcement is…not ideal. ===

    Full reference was “Madigan Machine Politics”, and in McHenry County when Teresi became auditor, that was during the tumultuous term of then-McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks, a part of the Madigan Machine.

    Also, Mendoza didn’t make it out of the primary in Chicago mayoral race of 2019…and which tainted alderman was Mendoza tied to?

    Hint, his wife officiated the Mendoza wedding.


  9. - 2022thoughts - Wednesday, Jan 12, 22 @ 11:04 am:

    Most of Mendoza’s “fiscal successes” are due to actions by the General Assembly, the Governor, and the federal government. She’s very good at claiming credit, but this cycle everyone will be vying for the credit.


  10. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Jan 12, 22 @ 11:04 am:

    Dear Frerichs folks;

    See that Mendoza release.

    That’s how they do it downtown. Really think on yesterday and what this is today.

    You think on it.


  11. - Arsenal - Wednesday, Jan 12, 22 @ 11:06 am:

    ==Also, is there corruption in the Controller’s office?==

    I suspect that this candidate would argue that the Comptroller can attack corruption in other parts of state government? I imagine Mendoza would say she did just that with her Truth in Hiring Law.


  12. - 2022thoughts - Wednesday, Jan 12, 22 @ 11:08 am:

    OW — I agree, but that statement isn’t so honest.

    == I’ve successfully navigated our state through unprecedented fiscal challenges. ==

    == I’ve implemented historic transparency reforms, led our state to its first credit upgrades in decades, delivered the fastest vendor payment cycle in over 20 years, and paid down our bill backlog by over 75% without using federal stimulus funds - in the middle of a global pandemic. ==

    I didn’t realize the Comptroller was responsible for the actions of GOMB and the entire General Assembly.


  13. - Jocko - Wednesday, Jan 12, 22 @ 11:09 am:

    ==root out the waste, fraud, and abuse our state is plagued by==

    Is this the same W,F, & A that Munger/Rauner kept looking for (but never found)? Maybe because that dastardly Madigan kept moving it. /S


  14. - emmerder - Wednesday, Jan 12, 22 @ 11:12 am:

    It’s cute people think Ken Griffin cares about the people of Illinois.


  15. - Downstate - Wednesday, Jan 12, 22 @ 11:14 am:

    Certified Public Accountant
    Certified Fraud Examiner
    Certified Internal Auditor

    Very impressive resume. Any public company would be thrilled to have those credentials on their board of directors.


  16. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Jan 12, 22 @ 11:15 am:

    ===responsible for the actions of GOMB and the entire General Assembly===

    Incumbency has its own… literary license?

    My criticism, or better, critique, to the Mendoza release is about keeping it within the framework of what that campaign wants to talk about. Frerichs is ferreting out bills and such that then needed nuance?

    In the context of my comment, that’s my take.

    Still, this slate intrigues me more and more to what is being built, and what exactly they’ll need to beat in a primary.

    Fair?


  17. - Arsenal - Wednesday, Jan 12, 22 @ 11:20 am:

    ==I didn’t realize the Comptroller was responsible for the actions of GOMB and the entire General Assembly. ==

    Well, first of all, many of the things Mendoza listed actually aren’t in the GA or GOMB’s purview. The GA doesn’t “implement” anything, that’s strictly executive branch talk. Only the Comptroller actually pays the vendors.

    But for the things that the GA actually does…do we know that they don’t listen to Executive branch officials when they do it? State government is highly collaborative, after all, and the Comptroller specifically, well, she cuts their checks, so…I doubt she gets ignored?


  18. - PublicServant - Wednesday, Jan 12, 22 @ 11:23 am:

    Grif’s Grifter Slate is coming together.


  19. - phenom_Anon - Wednesday, Jan 12, 22 @ 11:30 am:

    =That’s how they do it downtown. Really think on yesterday and what this is today.=

    My first thought exactly. Mendoza’s release was all class, “I welcome the discussion”, proud of her record, etc.

    Frerichs’ release was more like “Demmer’s bad because he didn’t vote for my bills.. Except he did, but no, it didn’t count, even though I touted the bill he voted for, I mean…”

    I’ll say it again, there is no emptier suit than Frerichs.


  20. - Norseman - Wednesday, Jan 12, 22 @ 11:34 am:

    Oh my, “extensive experience in forensic auditing”. That does it. She has to be elected with that credential. /s

    Forensic auditing: A meaningless buzz phrase to try and lend credibility to bogus claims. See GOP forensic audits of 2020 election returns.


  21. - Homebody - Wednesday, Jan 12, 22 @ 11:44 am:

    I do appreciate that people are no longer pretending that the GOP isn’t entirely beholden to their megadonors. It is nice to see everyone just admitting it.


  22. - Arsenal - Wednesday, Jan 12, 22 @ 11:44 am:

    ==Oh my, “extensive experience in forensic auditing”. That does it. She has to be elected with that credential. /s==

    In my experience, “forensic auditing” means, in practice, reading everyone’s emails in the hopes that one of them reveals something illegal.


  23. - Anyone Remember - Wednesday, Jan 12, 22 @ 11:45 am:

    ” … forensic auditing … .”

    “Forensic auditing” is the biggest load of fertilizer to come down the pike since “Zero Based Budgeting” … . God save us all!


  24. - Sonny - Wednesday, Jan 12, 22 @ 11:45 am:

    “Most qualified Comptroller ever” in the Comic Book Guy voice.


  25. - Pot calling kettle - Wednesday, Jan 12, 22 @ 11:50 am:

    ==Most of Mendoza’s “fiscal successes” are due to actions by the General Assembly, the Governor, and the federal government.==

    ==I didn’t realize the Comptroller was responsible for the actions of GOMB and the entire General Assembly. ==

    The Comptroller can push the legislature by working with committees, writing bill language, rounding up sponsors (and votes). The Comptroller can also shine a bright light on things that are messing up the fiscal house. The Comptroller can choose which bills to pay first and can leverage payments to ensure matching funds from the Feds are maximized. Mendoza has been doing all of those things since she got into the office.

    The office-holder can be active or passive; Mendoza has been very active. It’s difficult to imagine a better Comptroller. On top of all that, she is an excellent communicator.


  26. - Leigh John-Ella - Wednesday, Jan 12, 22 @ 11:53 am:

    I thought “Most qualified Comptroller ever” was already engraved on Roland Burris’ tombstone


  27. - Birds on the Bat - Wednesday, Jan 12, 22 @ 12:00 pm:

    Mendoza wanted to be mayor of chicago a week after being elected comptroller. Remember that.


  28. - Arsenal - Wednesday, Jan 12, 22 @ 12:11 pm:

    ==Mendoza wanted to be mayor of chicago a week after being elected comptroller. Remember that. ==

    Not sure why it matters. She’s kept doing her current job, and she wants it again. It seems a lot more rational to evaluate her on those terms.


  29. - Birds on the Bat - Wednesday, Jan 12, 22 @ 12:13 pm:

    she wants it again

    Does she?


  30. - JS Mill - Wednesday, Jan 12, 22 @ 12:18 pm:

    =Remember that.=

    By the standard you set, anyone that is an incumbent is not allowed to run for another position. So this would bump the auditor.

    Right? right.

    Mendoza won’t be easy to beat because she has done a commendable job, beginning with thwarting Rauner.

    Others may be a bit more vulnerable, but the GOP still has a massive uphill climb here in Illinois.


  31. - Demoralized - Wednesday, Jan 12, 22 @ 12:25 pm:

    ==Does she?==

    What in the world are you talking about? If you have some knowledge none of the rest of us have then spit it out. Otherwise you’re just being a troll.


  32. - New Day - Wednesday, Jan 12, 22 @ 12:40 pm:

    Great day to make this announcement as Susanna unveils her latest transparency effort and more good news. She’s doing a great job and will be very difficult to unseat.


  33. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Jan 12, 22 @ 12:43 pm:

    To the rolling out of the LGs filling tickets…

    We have a … “Township Highway Commissioner”… a “County Board Vice Chairwoman”… and let’s not forget Bailey’s choice.

    We don’t vote for LGs… but… are these specific folks qualified to lead the 6th largest state, if need be?

    Well?

    Surely, constitutionally they qualify… yep.

    So, I mean, well…


  34. - Arsenal - Wednesday, Jan 12, 22 @ 12:45 pm:

    ==Does she? ==

    Of course she does. She’s running for it. Running for office sucks. You don’t do it just for kicks.


  35. - Long Time Independent - Wednesday, Jan 12, 22 @ 12:48 pm:

    The Best and most Qualified Comptroller ever was JBT the discussion starts and ends there. I still miss the woman what a legend


  36. - Arsenal - Wednesday, Jan 12, 22 @ 12:48 pm:

    ==We don’t vote for LGs… but… are these specific folks qualified to lead the 6th largest state, if need be?==

    This is a structural issue for the Republicans. After having so many tough elections, especially in the suburbs, they just don’t have a great pool to pick from. And then that gets further whittled down by the need for geographic balance, ideological cohesion, etc. And of course, how much are you really willing to give up to be on Paul Schimpf or Gary Rabine’s ticket?


  37. - 2022thoughts - Wednesday, Jan 12, 22 @ 1:07 pm:

    == Now, Ken Griffin is running the Rauner Reboot, revealing his slate of puppets in a desperate bid to pull Illinois back to the Rauner days of budget impasses and months-long bill backlogs. ==

    I don’t think the Democratic Party of Illinois should refer to people willing to put their name on the ballot as a “slate of puppets.” Particularly when that includes a well respected former federal prosecutor.


  38. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Jan 12, 22 @ 1:14 pm:

    ===I don’t think…===

    That *was* DPI being nice. This ain’t bean bag.

    :)


  39. - Downstate - Wednesday, Jan 12, 22 @ 1:29 pm:

    Norseman,

    Beyond forensic auditing, do you know anyone that’s a Certified Fraud Examiner AND Certified Internal Auditor? Those tests are challenging to say the least.


  40. - Fav Human - Wednesday, Jan 12, 22 @ 1:35 pm:

    was already engraved on Roland Burris’ tombstone

    Some aspects of the Roman Empire, we know only due to gravestones.

    Consider that 2000 years from now, people might only know details of IL politics due to that highly cool tombstone :)


  41. - Arsenal - Wednesday, Jan 12, 22 @ 1:38 pm:

    ==Those tests are challenging to say the least. ==

    Most professional license exams are. But passing them, on its own, rarely gets you a job.


  42. - Pot calling kettle - Wednesday, Jan 12, 22 @ 1:53 pm:

    == Beyond forensic auditing, do you know anyone that’s a Certified Fraud Examiner AND Certified Internal Auditor? Those tests are challenging to say the least.==

    And, they have little, if any, bearing on what it takes to be an effective Comptroller.


  43. - Cermak - Wednesday, Jan 12, 22 @ 1:55 pm:

    Susana is not a great fundraiser. This candidate will outspend her 2:1 at least. The “machine” angle will work with suburban folks. Team Susana should be very concerned.


  44. - Primate - Wednesday, Jan 12, 22 @ 1:55 pm:

    Looks like DPI nailed it again. This will continue until Mr. Griffin drops the Rauner baggage. His efforts are appreciated and needed; however, even though I am Republican, I just can’t come around to support this slate. That is until he cuts ties with any and all associated with Rauner.


  45. - Cermak - Wednesday, Jan 12, 22 @ 1:57 pm:

    ++I don’t think the Democratic Party of Illinois should refer to people willing to put their name on the ballot as a “slate of puppets.” Particularly when that includes a well respected former federal prosecutor.==

    Agreed. The slate of puppets line won’t get any traction.


  46. - Back to the Future - Wednesday, Jan 12, 22 @ 2:18 pm:

    It took a bit of time for me to get bored and then annoyed with “Because Madigan”.
    Now after just a few months, I am already bored and annoyed with “Because Griffin”.
    Perhaps some polling results say “Because Griffin” will be the key to success for DPI and Team Pritzker; but, other than voters that may go to some of the museums or are aware of foundations like the Barack Obama Foundation that Ken Griffin contributes to, I really don’t think voters are going to be for or against a candidate that gets hit with a “Because Griffin” chant.


  47. - Red Ketcher - Wednesday, Jan 12, 22 @ 2:21 pm:

    Illinois Race
    Virginia Bank
    Texas Campaign Treasurer

    Locals ain’t good enough ?
    Or maybe it’s just I ain’t Global?


  48. - Pundent - Wednesday, Jan 12, 22 @ 2:29 pm:

    =I don’t think the Democratic Party of Illinois should refer to people willing to put their name on the ballot as a “slate of puppets.”=

    Well I guess they do so at their own peril. But much like the ILGOP resurrecting Mike Madigan the Dems must think it’s an effective strategy. And the former governor did get trounced in a historic manner.

    But it’s all largely academic until the primaries are behind us. The challenge for the Griffin slate will be emerging victorious from a primary AND giving the base a reason to come out and vote in the general while expanding their reach into the burbs. You’ve got 11 months to pull it all off. Seems like a tall order.


  49. - Arsenal - Wednesday, Jan 12, 22 @ 2:37 pm:

    == This candidate will outspend her 2:1 at least. The “machine” angle will work with suburban folks.==

    I mean, sure, that’s why Mendoza lost in ‘16, too.

    *Puts finger to ear* Wait, I’m being told…


  50. - Arsenal - Wednesday, Jan 12, 22 @ 2:40 pm:

    ==“Susanna Mendoza has never been qualified to be comptroller, just to be another corrupt insider politician capitalizing on her relationships with the Machine to advance herself at the expense of Illinois families. Mendoza received huge contributions from Danny Solis (indicted), got married at the home of Ed Burke (indicted), and has been repaid her debts to Mike Madigan (resigned in disgrace, indictment looming) for advancing her career by endorsing JB Pritzker. Mendoza is just another part of the corrupt circle of politicians Illinois Democrats have elevated to state office, and exactly why we need a competent, qualified comptroller to take her place”==

    This garbled word salad will surely appeal to suburban voters.

    ==The slate of puppets line won’t get any traction.==

    But still talking about Madigan a year after he left office, that will probably work, especially if you marry your hopes to your predictions.


  51. - Rabid - Wednesday, Jan 12, 22 @ 2:44 pm:

    What is the GOP platform? It hasn’t been updated since the turnaround agenda


  52. - Raising Kane - Wednesday, Jan 12, 22 @ 3:35 pm:

    I mean, sure, that’s why Mendoza lost in ‘16, too

    - it is why she got absolutely crushed in the Mayor’s race a year later.


  53. - Arsenal - Wednesday, Jan 12, 22 @ 3:57 pm:

    ==- it is why she got absolutely crushed in the Mayor’s race a year later. ==

    Well, the big reasons she lost the race for Mayor in 2017 were:

    1) she didn’t run in 2017; and
    2) there was no race for mayor in 2017.


  54. - McHenry5 - Wednesday, Jan 12, 22 @ 4:26 pm:

    Mendoza has a serious match-up problem.

    She had barely warmed her seat at the Comptroller’s Office before she moved on to a “better” job as Chicago Mayor. She is a career office jumper running against a locally-elected financial expert with accomplishments. Time will tell but my bet is on the Auditor.


  55. - DuPage - Wednesday, Jan 12, 22 @ 4:35 pm:

    ===Mendoza is just another part of the corrupt circle of politicians===
    Exactly WHAT corruption are they referring to? If there had been any corruption by her or her office, I am sure it would have made the news.


  56. - Arsenal - Wednesday, Jan 12, 22 @ 4:37 pm:

    ==She had barely warmed her seat at the Comptroller’s Office==

    She’d been there for 2 years.

    ==She is a career office jumper==

    Do voters typically punish ambition?

    ==a locally-elected financial expert==

    Who is now office-jumping.

    ==with accomplishments==

    Like passing bills that bring more transparency to the state budget and hiring? Or bringing down the bill backlog and the billing cycle? Or state credit upgrades?

    Oh, wait it says up there what her “accomplishments” were. Basically, she put the office of auditor online. Don’t get me wrong, that’s good and necessary in the year of our lord 2022, but it’s not really at the same level that Mendoza has accomplished.

    ==Time will tell but my bet is on the Auditor. ==

    This is kinda like the guy who bets on football based on the color of the uniforms.


  57. - Arsenal - Wednesday, Jan 12, 22 @ 4:41 pm:

    ==Exactly WHAT corruption are they referring to? If there had been any corruption by her or her office, I am sure it would have made the news. ==

    I think the idea is that she runs with a bad crowd, not that she personally is corrupt.

    Remember that most of these press releases are just red meat for the base.


  58. - McHenry5 - Wednesday, Jan 12, 22 @ 4:48 pm:

    “She’d been there for 2 years”… LOL! Yes, agreed, that is a really long time for a career office jumper to be in a job.


  59. - Arsenal - Wednesday, Jan 12, 22 @ 4:48 pm:

    == locally-elected==

    BTW- I love local elected officials and wish we all spent more time focused on them, but when you’re talking about a statewide election, it’s not as impressive a qualification as already being elected statewide.


  60. - Arsenal - Wednesday, Jan 12, 22 @ 5:13 pm:

    ==Yes, agreed, that is a really long time==

    You never said “a really long time”. You said “barely warmed her seat”. Sorry the facts don’t support what you actually said.

    And sorry I noted that you’re trying to shift the goalposts.

    ==for a career office jumper==

    And sorry that the facts don’t support you here, either, but Mendoza was a state rep for 10 years, city clerk for 5 years, and has been Comptroller for 5 years. The Auditor, meanwhile, was appointed to a county office four years ago and is now jumping- or trying to, at least- to a different office.

    The only real difference between the two is that the voters have elected Mendoza more.

    But I get it- you don’t like Mendoza, so everything she’s done is bad, and if someone you do like has done the same thing, you’ll pretend to find some reason to think that they’re different.


  61. - Pundent - Wednesday, Jan 12, 22 @ 6:04 pm:

    =Mendoza has a serious match-up problem.=

    If your problems with Mendoza translated to Illinois voters as a whole she likely would be in trouble. But there’s a reason that the GOP currently does not hold a single statewide office. That’s not to say that Mendoza’s re-election is a slam dunk. But it does underscore the overall challenges the ILGOP has had.


  62. - The Swede - Wednesday, Jan 12, 22 @ 9:07 pm:

    Auditor Teresi has outstanding credentials. Mendoza’s associations with tainted Career Politicians, like Madigan and Burke,can create a very competitive race. Teresi is a very attractive candidate. If Griffin funds her well, in a Republican year, this could be very close.


  63. - Arsenal - Wednesday, Jan 12, 22 @ 10:03 pm:

    == Auditor Teresi has outstanding credentials. Mendoza==

    Always interesting who gets their titles and who doesn’t. I’m sure that has nothing to do with our objective analysis, tho.


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* Another look at the WGN poll
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