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Topspin

The candidates for Illinois comptroller will square off at a Tribune Editorial Board meeting Wednesday in a race between the Democratic incumbent who could weigh a bid for mayor and a former Republican state lawmaker.

The meeting between Democratic Comptroller Susana Mendoza and Republican challenger Darlene Senger will be livestreamed at the Chicago Tribune Facebook page at 11 a.m. Click here to watch.

Mendoza has been asked repeatedly about a mayoral bid but has said she is focusing on her November re-election campaign against Senger.

Senger is a former member of the Illinois House known for her work on a bipartisan plan to cut state worker pensions that was ultimately overturned by the state Supreme Court. After her legislative career, she joined the Rauner administration.

The two candidates are vying for a four-year term as comptroller, after Mendoza won a special election to fill the final two years of the term won by the late Judy Baar Topinka.

A former backer of Jesus “Chuy” Garcia last week started a draft effort to try to get Mendoza to run for mayor, but she hasn’t said much publicly yet.

“I am nothing but flattered and honored by the many calls of support urging me to run for mayor of Chicago, which would be an honor and a privilege, but right now I am focused on running for re-election and supporting the statewide Democratic ticket,” she said in a statement. (Mike Riopell)

What’s on tap

*Mayor Rahm Emanuel has no public events scheduled.

*Gov. Bruce Rauner has no public events scheduled.

From the notebook

*McCarthy coming in hot: Mayoral candidate and former Chicago police Superintendent Garry McCarthy wasted little time Tuesday taking shots at two of the newest candidates in the race for Chicago mayor: Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and former U.S. Commerce Secretary and onetime White House chief of staff Bill Daley.

“Here’s what Chicago gets from … Preckwinkle: repeat criminals continue to wreak havoc on Chicago’s streets,” McCarthy tweeted. “Daley: beholden to corporate interests and fiscal mismanagement of City Hall.”

McCarthy then concluded by saying he stood for “government accountability through business management, safe neighborhoods and a forensic accounting of City Hall. McCarthy or the machine — the choice is clear, Chicago.” (Bill Ruthhart)

What we’re writing

*2011 mayoral candidate Gery Chico to get into crowded Chicago mayor’s race to succeed Rahm Emanuel.

*Illinois attorney general candidates defend their TV attack ads in first meeting.

*Gov. Bruce Rauner says assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh ‘should disqualify him’ if founded.

*Gov. Bruce Rauner nets endorsement from business groups, assails J.B. Pritzker on tax plan.

*Van Dyke’s partner, testifying under immunity, says shooting video doesn’t accurately depict what he saw.

*Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to write book after he leaves office on ‘Why mayors run the world.’

*Horse-drawn carriage owners sue animal welfare activists.

*With Emanuel on the way out, aldermen to push for hearings on lead in Chicago drinking water.

*Fish, fabric and furniture: Trump’s latest tariffs will hit consumers after the holidays, local companies warn.

What we’re reading

*Bert and Ernie are gay, former writer confirms. Sesame Street says they’re just ‘best friends.’

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