Raymond Poe http://wuis.org en 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