State Representative Tom Cross

Candidates for Treasurer face off in first debate

Oct 15, 2014
Peoria Public Radio


The candidates for Illinois treasurer face off Wednesday morning for the first debate in a tight race. 

The Illinois State Chamber of Commerce has endorsed a candidate for state treasurer for the first time. CEO Todd Maisch says Republican State Representative and former House Minority Leader Tom Cross is best suited to restore fiscal sanity and grow the state economy.  

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's decision to run for re-election will have its biggest effect on the democratic primary for governor. But as IPR'S Brian Mackey reports, it could also lead to a change in leadership among Republicans in the Illinois House.

State Rep. Tom Cross, a Republican from Oswego who's been House Minority Leader since 2002, says "many" people approached him to consider running for AG when it was thought Madigan was likely to run for governor.