Tom Cross http://wuis.org en Legislator Pay: Too Much or Too Little? http://wuis.org/post/legislator-pay-too-much-or-too-little-0 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A state senator and candidate for higher office on Thursday sought some attention for giving up a portion of his pay. This comes after Illinois lawmakers — for the first time in years — did not vote to symbolically cut their own pay. This form of salary self-denial has become popular in Illinois, but its roots are much deeper than that.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The base salary for a member of the Illinois General Assembly is $67,836 a year.</span></p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 09:43:31 +0000 Brian Mackey 26709 at http://wuis.org Legislator Pay: Too Much or Too Little? Treasurer Candidates Spar Over Eliminating The Job They Want http://wuis.org/post/treasurer-candidates-spar-over-eliminating-job-they-want <div style="margin:0;"><font color="black" face="Tahoma" size="2"><span dir="ltr" style="font-size:10pt;"><span lang="en-US"><font face="Calibri,sans-serif" size="3"><span style="font-size:12pt;">Illinois lawmakers have long debated whether to combine the offices of comptroller and treasurer. Both candidates for treasurer are competing to one-up each other over whether the office should even exist.</span></font></span></span></font></div><div style="margin:0;"> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 23:11:22 +0000 Lee Strubinger 24084 at http://wuis.org Treasurer Candidates Spar Over Eliminating The Job They Want Gay Rights Group To Help Some Republican Candidates http://wuis.org/post/gay-rights-group-help-some-republican-candidates <p>An advocacy group supporting gay and lesbian causes in Illinois is bolstering the campaign funds of two Republican lawmakers.<br />&nbsp;<br />Equality Illinois' political action committee says it plans to put $150,000 into the campaigns of candidates that support same-sex marriage before Tuesday's primary.<br />&nbsp;<br />That includes state Reps. Ron Sandack of Downers Grove and Ed Sullivan of Mundelein _ two of three GOP members of the House to vote to legalize same-sex marriage last fall. The third, state Rep. Tom Cross, is making a bid for state treasurer.<br />&nbsp; Thu, 13 Mar 2014 22:53:00 +0000 Associated Press 20829 at http://wuis.org Gay Rights Group To Help Some Republican Candidates Republican Opponents For Treasurer Differ On Budget Strategy http://wuis.org/post/republican-opponents-treasurer-differ-budget-strategy <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>When state treasurer Dan Rutherford announced a run for governor, the Republican left his seat wide open. Two GOP candidates are vying for that party’s nomination on Tuesday.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Former House minority leader Tom Cross (R-Oswego) left his position in the fall to run for treasurer. He's promising to use a new tool to force a balanced budget: The threat of suing the General Assembly and the governor.</span></p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 22:22:18 +0000 Hannah Meisel 21068 at http://wuis.org Republican Opponents For Treasurer Differ On Budget Strategy Cross, 2 Other Republicans Help Pass Same Sex Marriage In House http://wuis.org/post/cross-2-other-republicans-help-pass-same-sex-marriage-house <p>Former House minority leader Tom Cross is among three House Republicans who voted in favor of legislation allowing same-sex marriage in Illinois. &nbsp;</p><p>The Oswego Republican hadn't indicated how he'd vote prior to Tuesday when the House approved the bill 61-54. He currently is seeking higher office with a run for Illinois treasurer. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 23:17:58 +0000 Associated Press 12428 at http://wuis.org Cross, 2 Other Republicans Help Pass Same Sex Marriage In House Durkin Doubtful Pension Changes Will Happen This Fall http://wuis.org/post/durkin-doubtful-pension-changes-will-happen-fall <p>The newest leader in state government says he doubts pension reform will become reality during the upcoming fall veto session. Republican House Minority Leader Jim Durkin says it&#39;s not right to vote for something that&#39;s close to ideal just because there is fatigue surrounding the issue.</p><p>&quot;The issue needs to be done, but we need to do it right,&quot; Durkin said. &quot;But I am not going to just wave the white flag out of expediency because people have been worn down or they&#39;re tired of the issue and want to get it off their plates.&quot;</p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 18:43:46 +0000 Willis Kern 10045 at http://wuis.org Durkin Doubtful Pension Changes Will Happen This Fall Durkin Begins Work As Illinois House GOP Leader http://wuis.org/post/durkin-begins-work-illinois-house-gop-leader <p>State Rep. Jim Durkin is officially beginning his tenure as Republican leader in the Illinois House. &nbsp;<br>The Western Springs lawmaker was elected to the post last month but officially takes the reins Monday. &nbsp;<br>His predecessor, state Rep. Tom Cross of Oswego, stepped down to run for state treasurer. Cross held the position for a decade. &nbsp; Mon, 23 Sep 2013 19:49:18 +0000 Associated Press 9488 at http://wuis.org Durkin Begins Work As Illinois House GOP Leader Grogan Says He's Best Qualified To Be Treasurer http://wuis.org/post/grogan-says-hes-best-qualified-be-treasurer <p>A suburban Chicago Republican running for Illinois treasurer says he has the best qualifications for the job as an accountant and county auditor. &nbsp;</p><p>Bob Grogan of Downers Grove is the only 2014 opponent so far to House Republican Leader Tom Cross. &nbsp;<br>Grogan says he knows he doesn't have the name recognition that Cross does, but he's spent years straightening out public finances and wants to do the same for the state. Grogan is a certified public accountant who worked for a downtown Chicago firm. He's since been twice elected auditor of DuPage County. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 16:44:23 +0000 Associated Press 9222 at http://wuis.org Grogan Says He's Best Qualified To Be Treasurer Rep. Cross Officially Launches Bid For Treasurer http://wuis.org/post/rep-cross-officially-launches-bid-treasurer <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">House Republican Leader Tom Cross says he's running for Illinois treasurer because the office has more opportunity than ever before in helping turn around Illinois' financial woes.</span></p><p>The Oswego lawmaker is leaving his leadership post to campaign. He launched a two-day tour Wednesday with stops planned in Chicago, Rockford and Moline.</p><p>Cross tells The Associated Press he knows the budget as well as any person and wants the treasurer's office to play a bigger role in making sure it's balanced.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 10:33:33 +0000 Associated Press 9089 at http://wuis.org Rep. Cross Officially Launches Bid For Treasurer Cook County's Durkin Elected House GOP Leader http://wuis.org/post/cook-countys-durkin-elected-house-gop-leader <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>In a rare turn of events, Illinois' General Assembly will have a leadership change mid-way through the two-year legislative session. It's set in motion by House Republican Leader Tom Cross's decision to step down, he's expected to soon announce a run for state treasurer. Republican members of the House met Thursday in Springfield to choose his replacement. Longtime Rep. Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) claimed the title.</p><p></p><p>It wasn't supposed to happen so fast.</p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 20:26:53 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 8140 at http://wuis.org Cook County's Durkin Elected House GOP Leader House Republicans Choose Durkin For Leader http://wuis.org/post/house-republicans-choose-durkin-leader <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Republican members of the Illinois House have a new leader: longtime Rep. Jim </span>Durkin<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> of suburban Western Springs. Lawmakers met in Springfield today to choose a replacement for outgoing House Minority Leader Tom Cross.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Republicans aren't just the minority party in the Illinois House. They're in the super-minority, with 47 members to Democrats' 71.&nbsp;</span>Durkin<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says he'll work to slim those margins.</span></p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 20:51:41 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 8083 at http://wuis.org House Republicans Choose Durkin For Leader House Republicans Rushing To Fill Leader Post http://wuis.org/post/house-republicans-rushing-fill-leader-post <p>Republicans in the Illinois House will meet Thursday afternoon in Springfield to select a new leader. A letter obtained by WUIS says finding a replacement for outgoing Minority Leader Tom Cross is "of the utmost urgency."</p><p>It was less than a week ago that Minority Leader Tom Cross announced he was stepping down — he's expected to instead run for state treasurer.</p><p>Seventeen House Republicans signed a letter officially scheduling the meeting Thursday. They say there's no time to waste in electing Cross' successor.</p> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 04:16:18 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 7903 at http://wuis.org House Republicans Rushing To Fill Leader Post Republicans Lined Up For Top House Job http://wuis.org/post/illinois-republicans-lined-top-house-job <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Illinois House Republican Leader Tom Cross on&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Wednesday&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">told colleagues he would soon step down. There are a handful of lawmakers who've already set their sights on his job.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">House Republicans say Cross told them he'd resign as leader in October. He reportedly didn't say what his plans are, although it's widely rumored he intends to run for state treasurer.</span></p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 22:04:20 +0000 Brian Mackey 7652 at http://wuis.org Republicans Lined Up For Top House Job