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Meet Illinois' New State Comptroller, Leslie Munger

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 04.14.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Until her run against Sente last year, Munger was a political unknown. And while she now controls the state's checkbook, she remains the lowest profile of the state's six constitutional officers.

Illinois Special Comptroller Election Is a Good Idea, But the Intentions Might Not Be on the Right Track

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 03.11.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Thursday's vote on a special election to fill the second half of what would have been Judy Baar Topinka's second term as Illinois State Comptroller was such a perfect storm of Illinois political forces that my head is spinning.

Michael Madigan Shifts on Comptroller Succession

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 03.10.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

After weeks of discussion about what to do with the now-vacant Illinois comptroller's seat, House Speaker Michael Madigan has now said he supports the idea of a special election. This opinion comes after he previously stated he would support a four-year appointment by Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner.

Rauner Announces Comptroller Appointment While Quinn Calls Special Session to Discuss His Own Appointment

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 03.08.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Illinois Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner has announced he will appoint former Helene Curtis/Unilever executive Leslie Munger to replace the state's late compt...

Shaw: The best way to honor Topinka is to implement her idea

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 03.07.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Though Illinois' late Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka won't serve the term she was elected to in November, her views could still make an impact on the o...

Legal Corruption? It's Real, and It's a Problem for Illinois

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 02.16.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Illinois is famous for its corrupt politicians, exemplified by its long list of former governors who went on to serve jail sentences. But the state also has plenty of political corruption that's perfectly legal.

Would the Real Pat Quinn Please Stand Up?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 02.14.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Please bear with me as I make a long wind-up for a simple pitch. The pitch is: I've always thought Pat Quinn was a pretty decent guy. Honest, sincere, well-meaning and not self-aggrandizing. Lately, though, Quinn has given me reason to wonder.

Illinois and U.S. Politicians Remember Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 02.11.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

While the identity of her successor remains a mystery, Illinois continues to remember the life and governmental career of state Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka. Recollections came in from prominent political figures, including Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and even President Obama.

Ariel Edwards-Levy

Race For NYC Comptroller Narrows Dramatically | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 08.15.2014 | New York

With less than two weeks till New York City's primary elections, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer has gained significant ground in the Democ...

Spitzer Has Big Lead Over Rival

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 08.15.2014 | Politics

Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer has a 19-point lead over Democratic primary rival Scott Stringer in the New York City comptroller's race, according...

More patronage outrage from Metra scandal

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.25.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

METRA OUTRAGE CONTINUES It turns out that the Metra employee for whom House Speaker Michael Madigan was trying to obtain a raise was already collectin...

Weiner AND Spitzer? This Is Too Much Fun

Posted 09.17.2013 | Comedy

Is anything more fortuitous for a late night comedian than the fact that Eliot Spitzer and Anthony Weiner are running for office in New York City? The...

In New York: Spitzer Returns

Richard Brodsky | Posted 09.11.2013 | New York
Richard Brodsky

Eliot Spitzer's sudden political re-emergence, as a candidate for Comptroller of New York City, is an exercise in redemption, or farce. Take your pick.

Rich John/Poor John: The Return of Eliot Spitzer

Davis Schneiderman | Posted 09.09.2013 | New York
Davis Schneiderman

Eliot Spitzer as Comptroller will bury the past in a pile of papers, lose himself in reports on the city's economy, and he'll come out the other side of this public service cleansed and processed, stamped and sealed.

John Liu and the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire on Yetta Kurland LIVE!

Yetta Kurland | Posted 05.28.2013 | Gay Voices
Yetta Kurland

This week, I was joined in the studio by NYC Comptroller and newly declared mayoral candidate John C. Liu. Topics include the controversial "stop & frisk," housing and LGBT politics.

William Alden

Public Pension Funds 'Borrowing In Disguise,' Projecting HUGE Returns | William Alden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Public pension funds could be in a much bigger hole than they're admitting. And facing up to more realistic numbers won't be easy. Across the count...

Hevesi Plea Reveals Albany Corruption | LAURA ITALIANO in New York and FREDRIC U. DICKER in Albany | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Former state Comptroller Alan Hevesi yesterday pulled back the curtain on Albany's sleaze and dirty deals as he revealed in court how he turned his pu...

Election 2010: Democrats Retreat

Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Paladino's Dog Dukes It Out Like dog, like owner: Carl Paladino's pitbull attacked a passing Labrador yesterday after Paladino addressed a crowd of T...

Bloomberg-Thompson Debate: Bill Thompson Jr. Calls Michael Bloomberg A Liar

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

NEW YORK (AP)- The Democrat trying to unseat popular billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg lobbed multiple attacks at him during their first debate Tues...