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Social Workers Endorse Susana Mendoza for State Comptroller


Chicago, IL—On behalf of the over 7,000 members of the National Association of Social Workers Illinois Chapter Political Action Committee (NASW-IL PAC) and the over 20,000 licensed social workers in the state of Illinois, it is our pleasure to emphatically endorse Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza for Illinois Comptroller in the upcoming 2016 general election.

The Illinois Comptroller position, while obscure to many, is a critical position for social service agencies and the social workers they employ. Whether it is determining priority for payment, ushering social service agencies through the state payment process, or being an advocate for prompt payment of services rendered, the Illinois Comptroller must understand the complexities and the crisis our delayed payment situation is causing to our social service infrastructure and mental health safety net.

We believe strongly that the advocate and manager of this critical state office should be Susana Mendoza.

In 2014, the NASW-IL PAC endorsed Republican Judy Barr Topinka for this post. We did so based on her strong advocacy for the social service industry, her innovative staff, and her ability to rise above party politics and “tell you how it is.” While the current comptroller has retained some of that staff and has made inconsistent efforts to reach the social service community, her attempts to avoid party politics has come up woefully short.

While we are cautiously encouraged that both candidates have run on prioritizing human service payments, we are also justifiably nervous about when human services fall out of favor.

We are also disappointed both candidates continue to support the publicly popular (yet likely illegal) practice of delaying politician payroll. Our members understand the very real crisis a lack of a state budget is having on their businesses and the clients they serve. However, we believe in a fundamental policy principle that if you work, you should get paid for that work. While we join thousands of advocates in being disappointed in the lack of progress legislators made to produce a fair and equitable state budget, we cannot support political points over paying for work rendered. It is not right to withhold payroll from state legislators as it wouldn’t be right when the state withholds payroll from future employees the chief executive deems unworthy of payment.

The Illinois Comptroller office not only has to be efficient, but it also has to be above the daily squabbles that have turned Springfield into a partisan standstill. We are not confident the current appointed officeholder with such strong financial ties to the chief executive can or will be that person.

NASW-IL has a long relationship with Clerk Mendoza going back to her early days running against Speaker Madigan’s preferred candidates. She was a strong social service advocate in the Illinois General Assembly who constantly stood up to party leaders on issues of critical importance.

Her work modernizing the Chicago City Clerk’s office and accessibility to the public gives us renewed hope for what she can do for a still inefficient state office.

She is also a tireless advocate for social service issues important to our profession, which gives us confidence that while in office she will work to re-establish the communication lines the late Comptroller Topinka worked so hard to create.

As we enter year two of what can only be described as a state in total chaos, we need strong, independent leadership in this office. Clerk Mendoza is our pick to be the next Illinois Comptroller.



The NASW IL PAC endorses candidates in state and local races who we feel best represent the social work ideals and legislative agenda.  For federal endorsements, members can view the separately organized federal PACE endorsements by clicking here:


LAST NAME       FIRST NAME                               POSITION

MENDOZA        SUSANA                             ILLINOIS COMPTROLLER

FOXX                    KIM                                        COOK COUNTY STATE’S ATTORNEY

CASTRO                CHRISTINA                         22ND SENATE

CULLERTON        THOMAS E.                         23RD SENATE

PIEROG                CONNIE                                25TH SENATE

MURPHY              LAURA                                  28TH SENATE

MORRISON         JULIE A.                                29TH SENATE

BUSH                     MELINDA                             31ST SENATE

ALTHOFF               PAMELA                             32nd SENATE

BENNETT             SCOTT M.                            52ND SENATE

HARPER                SONYA MARIE                  6TH REPRESENTATIVE

WILLIAMS           ANN M.                                11TH REPRESENTATIVE

FEIGENHOLTZ    SARA                                  12TH REPRESENTATIVE

CASSIDY               KELLY M.                           14TH REPRESENTATIVE

D’AMICO             JOHN C.                               15TH REPRESENTATIVE

GABEL                   ROBYN                               18TH REPRESENTATIVE

MARWIG             MARY                                   20TH REPRESENTATIVE


HURLEY FRANCES ANN                               35TH REPRESENTATIVE

MOELLER             ANNA                                43RD REPRESENTATIVE

CRESPO               FRED                                    44TH REPRESENTATIVE

CONROY              DEB                                      46TH REPRESENTATIVE

MOYLAN              MARTIN J.                         55TH REPRESENTATIVE

MUSSMAN         MICHELLE                          56TH REPRESENTATIVE

MAYFIELD           RITA                                   60TH REPRESENTATIVE

YINGLING            SAM                                    62ND REPRESENTATIVE

SMIDDY                MIKE                                  71ST REPRESENTATIVE

SHUGART            MARTHA                           75TH REPRESENTATIVE

WILLIS                   KATHLEEN                      77TH REPRESENTATIVE

HOSE                    GREG                                   81ST  REPRESENTATIVE

KIFOWIT              STEPHANIE A.                 84TH REPRESENTATIVE

STUART               KATIE                                  112TH REPRESENTATIVE

HOFFMAN          JAY                                       113TH REPRESENTATIVE


The NASW IL PAC is the nonpartisan political arm of the National Association of Social Workers Illinois Chapter.  As a political action committee, the NASW IL PAC endorses and financially contributes to candidates from any party who support NASW’s policy agenda. The national NASW Political Action for Candidate Election (PACE) Board endorses and contributes to federal candidates running for U.S. House and Senate seats; the NASW IL PAC is responsible for endorsement decisions in local and state races in Illinois.


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