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Susana Mendoza

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Photo: ERIN HOOLEY/CHICAGO TRIBUNE
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Susana Mendoza

Age: 47

Occupation: Comptroller of Illinois

Sworn in at the height of the state’s financial crisis, Mendoza deftly wielded the Springfield clout she’d accrued as a state rep to turn her position from bookkeeper into progressive fiscal watchdog, pushing for financial transparency laws and prioritizing payment to programs that serve the most vulnerable.

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