Your Next Comptroller: Hot Race To Manage Hot Mess Of A State Budget

Leslie Munger (left) and Susana Mendoza (right) are the Republican and Democratic candidates for Illinois state comptroller, respectively. Both say they’ll hold politicians accountable for passing a budget for the state.
Leslie Munger (left) and Susana Mendoza (right) are the Republican and Democratic candidates for Illinois state comptroller, respectively. Both say they'll hold politicians accountable for passing a budget for the state. Seth Perlman / AP Photo
Leslie Munger (left) and Susana Mendoza (right) are the Republican and Democratic candidates for Illinois state comptroller, respectively. Both say they’ll hold politicians accountable for passing a budget for the state.
Leslie Munger (left) and Susana Mendoza (right) are the Republican and Democratic candidates for Illinois state comptroller, respectively. Both say they'll hold politicians accountable for passing a budget for the state. Seth Perlman / AP Photo

Your Next Comptroller: Hot Race To Manage Hot Mess Of A State Budget

The hottest race in Illinois politics this year? State comptroller.

Yes, that’s right. As Illinois contends with a severe budget crisis, the two candidates who want to work the state’s purse strings have taken off the gloves and the folks backing them are putting their money on the table.

Morning Shift talks to WBEZ’s Dan Weissmann about the heated battle between Democrat Susana Mendoza and Republican incumbent Leslie Munger to serve as state comptroller.