Mendoza leading in bid to be re-elected state comptroller

Incumbent state Comptroller Susana Mendoza of Chicago jumped out to a substantial lead in her bid to be reelected, according to early, unofficial results.

The Associated Press reported that, with 74% of votes counted, Democrat Mendoza had 2.03 million votes as of midnight to Shannon Teresi's 1.4 million. Teresi, A Republican from Crystal Lake, is McHenry County's auditor

During this campaign, Mendoza, who had previously been the Chicago city clerk and a state representative, had touted her work eliminating the state's $16.7 billion bill backlog she inherited as a result of a more than two-year budget stalemate between former Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Democrat-controlled legislature.

Teresi had campaigned on her credentials as an accountant and said she would act as a check and balance on other statewide offices held by Democrats.

The comptroller maintains the state's checkbook, overseeing payments and issues warrants for any funds held by the treasurer.

Susana Mendoza Democrat candidate for Statewide Comptroller
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