Tom CrossState Representative Tom Cross' announcement that he's stepping aside as House Republican Leader to run for state treasurer has prompted jockeying among possible replacements.  A few of the leading contenders are Raymond Poe of Springfield, Jim Durkin of Western Springs and Darin LaHood of Dunlap.  

Poe says one of his goals would be to pick up two or three of the seven Republican seats lost under Cross' leadership.  Poe and Durkin are on opposite sides in the current pension reform dispute with Poe backing the less onerous union-backed plan and Durkin supporting House Speaker Michael Madigan's plan.

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