Illinois Comptroller

A former legislator has filed a lawsuit in Cook County seeking to recover money he lost when state lawmakers voted to reject annual cost-of-living pay adjustments. Michael Noland, a Democratic former state senator from Elgin, filed the lawsuit. He says the state constitution prohibits midterm salary changes. 

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois Comptroller says increased revenues coming into the state during tax season have allowed her to release more than $800 million in payments for health care services. 

Transit Agency Sues Comptroller

Apr 3, 2017

Another lawsuit stemming from the Illinois budget impasse could have a big effect on transit agencies outside the Chicago area.  For two bucks you can ride a River Valley Metro bus from Bourbonnais to Midway Airport.  But Rob Hoffman who runs the Transit District says that service has been reduced and the buses need an upgrade.

The Illinois comptroller has appealed a Cook County judge's ruling that state lawmakers must be paid on time despite their failure to pass a budget.
Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza said Wednesday that Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office filed the appeal on her behalf Tuesday. The judge ruled last week in favor of several lawmakers who sued Mendoza's predecessor asking for pay.
Mendoza said she would release legislator back pay but also planned to appeal.

A judge has ruled that the Illinois state comptroller may direct which accounts should be used to pay state employees.  

Democratic Comptroller Susana Mendoza reported yesterday that St. Clair County Circuit Judge Robert LeChien ruled against Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner. She may decide how to pay 600 employees.

Rauner wanted the Department of Central Management Services workers paid from general revenue. But there's a two-year budget stalemate and no appropriations for that fund.

Illinois' new comptroller is making changes, just days after taking office.  State employees expecting a bonus will have to wait. 

Non-unionized employees were awarded bonuses this fall. That became a liability for Republican Comptroller Leslie Munger's campaign.

Munger at the time said she had no choice but to process them. Critics -- including Munger's then opponent, Democrat Susana Mendoza, pounced.

Susana Mendoza has been sworn in as Illinois comptroller. The Democrat will serve the final two years of Republican Judy Baar Topinka's term. Topinka was re-elected in 2014 but died suddenly.  Mendoza beat appointed comptroller Leslie Munger in a special election last month.

Illinois' new comptroller says she will continue the practice of waiting to pay public officials' paychecks.  Democrat Susana Mendoza took the oath of office for comptroller today in the statehouse rotunda.  She's taking over as a handful of legislators from her party are suing her office to be paid on time.

With Illinois finances stretched thin, the role of Illinois Comptroller has taken on an elevated importance. There haven't been many chances for voters to compare the candidates vying for the job face-to-face, but the top candidates squared off Tuesday night in an interview on Chicago's WTTW-TV.

The comptroller is in charge of cutting the state's checks.

That's more complicated than it may sound. After all, Illinois doesn't have enough money to actually PAY all of its bills.

The two major party candidates running for Illinois comptroller will participate in one televised debate ahead of the November election.  WTTW in Chicago announced a candidate forum for Republican incumbent Leslie Munger and Democrat Susana Mendoza will be on Oct. 25. 

Anxious legislators will once again see a deposit from the state of Illinois in their bank accounts. They’re getting paid Tuesday for the first time since July, when their April paychecks came through.

The candidates for Illinois comptroller, Republican Comptroller Leslie Munger and Democratic Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza, are working to show their independence from Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan. 

Money keeps state government going.  From services to employee paychecks.  So, how does the State of Illinois function when it's piling up more bills than it can cover?    

Illinois treasurer issues warning

Oct 2, 2015

Illinois Treasurer Mike Frerichs says the state budget impasse could affect "critically important" services run by his office.  The Democrat from Champaign wrote a letter to top state leaders this week saying banking and financial services may stop if he can't pay vendors. He says his office also might not be able to make funds available to Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger. That means less money to pay state workers and vendors. Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and legislative Democrats can't agree on a July 1 fiscal year budget. Other constitutional officers have weighed in on the impact.

Two lottery winners have filed a federal lawsuit against the Illinois Lottery, which stopped paying out large prizes because there's no state budget. 

An Illinois Senate panel is scheduled to hear testimony on the status of payments to social service providers during the budget stalemate.  No spending plan is in place for the fiscal year that began July 1. However, court orders say many social service providers must be paid. Comptroller Leslie Munger's office said last month there wasn't money to make payments. The providers went to court to ask for a deadline, saying compliance was necessary.

The absence of a state budget hasn't kept Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration and other Illinois agencies from hiring more workers. 

Illinois has asked a federal judge not to hold it in contempt for failing to meet a court-ordered deadline to pay social services providers, arguing compliance should "not mean doing the impossible."

Big-time Illinois Lottery winners aren't getting the payout they're owed.

A federal judge is ordering Illinois’ comptroller to cut checks for some services for people with developmental disabilities.  

Judge Sharon Coleman told the State of Illinois that even without a spending plan - it must pay for services for Medicaid-eligible people with developmental disabilities.

She instructed Comptroller Leslie Munger - who writes the checks - to pay by last Friday, a deadline that Munger did not meet.

Today - Judge Coleman again ordered Munger to cover the costs, which attorneys for her office agreed to do.

Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger is preparing for what could happen if there's no state budget in place when the new fiscal year begins next month.   The Republican who controls the state's checkbook says she'll outline the consequences of inaction during a news briefing today (Wednesday). That includes state workers who won't get paychecks and facilities that may have to be closed.  Her office says she'll discuss a timeline of what may come in the coming weeks.   Illinois lawmakers are at an impasse over the state budget.

A published report says Illinois' delayed medical marijuana program has already cost the state more than $1.8 million in startup costs. 

Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a bill allowing a 2016 special election to replace late Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka. Topinka died last month after winning a second term. There's been disagreement about succession plans.

Illinois' incoming appointed comptroller says she'd run in a 2016 special election if lawmakers approve one at a legislative session in Springfield. 

Two Illinois lawmakers are calling for legislation to be considered during a special session this week that would combine the offices of the state comptroller and treasurer.

Governor-elect Bruce Rauner has announced his choice for Illinois' next comptroller.

Illinois lawmakers are due back in Springfield later this week. Outgoing Governor Pat Quinn called a special session on Jan. 8 to discuss an election to replace late comptroller Judy Baar Topinka.

Weighing a special election for IL Comptroller

Dec 22, 2014

Governor Pat Quinn says he wants a special election for people to choose a new Illinois comptroller. Judy Baar Topinka died a month after winning re-election.

Illinois politicians used to move allies into higher-paying positions at the end of their careers. The practice allowed many a heftier pension.

Politicians across party mourned the death of Judy Baar Topinka Wednesday. She had spent the last 30 years in Illinois politics and recently was re-elected as state comptroller.