Updated: October 20, 2013 7:31AM
State Rep. Tom Cross (R-Oswego) made official his run for state treasurer Wednesday.
Surrounded by friends and family, Cross officially launched his campaign in Chicago. He said he will focus on requiring a balanced budget, reforming state spending, cracking down on fraud and waste and protecting Illinois taxpayers.
“I’m running for treasurer because I want to restore trust, protect taxpayers and make a real, serious difference in the lives of our state’s citizens,” Cross said.
Cross, who grew up in Chicago and then rural Yorkville, is the Illinois House Republican Leader and a former prosecutor. The Oswego lawmaker is leaving his leadership post to campaign. He launched a two-day tour Wednesday with stops in Chicago, Rockford and Moline.
DuPage County Auditor Bob Grogan is Cross’ GOP opponent. Champaign state Sen. Mike Frerichs is seeking the Democratic nod.
“The road to reform begins by honestly balancing the budget,” said Cross. “As a former prosecutor, I know what it takes to right wrongs and we need to do a better job of protecting taxpayer dollars.”
Cross went to college at Illinois Wesleyan University and then received his law degree from Cumberland School of Law in Alabama. After receiving his law degree, he went to work as a prosecutor in the Kendall County State’s Attorney’s Office where he remained for eight years, prosecuting felony cases.
He was elected state representative in 1992 and House Republican Leader in 2002.
He is married to his wife, Genie, and they live in Oswego with their two children, Reynolds and Hudson.
Associate Press contributed
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