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Connected to Chicago (12-23-2018) Special Guest-Susana Mendoza

Joining the show this week is Susana Mendoza. Mendoza is the Illinois Comptroller, and currently running for Mayor of Chicago. Bill and Susana discuss why she wants to become Mayor, Issues affecting the city such as ways to fix the pension crisis, public schools, the consent decree, and how she can make a positive change if elected.

In this week’s round table segment, Bill Cameron is joined by Ray Long of the Chicago Tribune, Heather Cherone of The Daily Line,Greg Hinz of Crains, Lynn Sweet and Fran Spielman of the Chicago Sun-Times. The discussion opens up with an update on Alderman Ed Burke, and what’s to come from the recent F.B.I Raid on his office’s, Could David Krupa get on the ballot to become Alderman in the 13th ward? What’s to come if the Government shuts down? Lynn has an update from Washington D.C.

This week’s community spotlight segment is with John Dempsey. John discusses The Hatchery, the City of Chicago’s new 34 million dollar food business incubator on the West Side in the East Garfield Park neighborhood.

GOP rips Illinois comptroller for buying used $32K SUV

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Republicans are criticizing Democratic Comptroller Susana Mendoza for spending $32,000 on a used SUV for her office when Illinois is months behind in paying its bills.

Illinois GOP Chairman Tim Schneider on Sunday called the purchase “outrageous,” noting social service agencies are waiting months to be paid.

Mendoza’s office says the money came from a fund that’s not used to pay state bills and Mendoza has reduced the office fleet from nine to eight vehicles.

Spokesman Abdon Pallasch says the GOP is trying to divert attention from Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s “failure” to propose a balanced budget.

The Chicago Sun-Times first reported Mendoza’s office bought the 2016 Ford Explorer from a central Illinois dealership and paid for it in full.

Illinois has $11 billion in unpaid bills because of the state budget stalemate.

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