A change is coming in leadership in the Illinois General Assembly. House Minority Leader Tom Cross (R-Oswego) is leaving his post. Cross, 55, considered running for attorney general, then thought about staying as minority leader, and now has decided to give up his position, and not run for re-election – but he says he won’t abandon his successor.
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“I’m gonna be supportive of whoever that person is. I’ll be there to help him with candidate recruitment, and we’ve done a good job already on that and raising money. I’m a Republican. I’m gonna help my friends, and they’re my friends and caucus members and my colleagues and I’ll continue to do that, but people make changes and that’s how life works,” he said. Cross, who has been in the House for 20 years and has been minority leader for 11, is considering running for state treasurer.
Potential successors as minority leader are State Reps. Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) and Raymond Poe (R-Springfield), with the change expected within the next couple of months. Cross says he is not interested in engineering his successor as minority leader, nor for his House seat in Kendall County.