CHICAGO - Several sources are saying that Wednesday morning, House Republican Leader Tom Cross will announce to members of his GOP caucus that he will not be running for State House re-election in 2014, but will instead run for State Treasurer.
Two other Republicans have announced their interest in the same statewide slot - DuPage County Auditor Bob Grogan and former DuPage Board Chairman Bob Schillerstrom - as current State Treasurer Dan Rutherford runs for governor in 2014. Earlier this week Illinois Review wrote about polling that asked about Cross as a candidate for treasurer, for secretary of state, and for U.S. Congress in the 11th CD.
Cross has a somewhat liberal voting record, with a United Republican Fund (URF) lifetime score of 67 (out of 100). Over the years, he's consistently been endorsed by PersonalPac, the state's powerful, pro-abortion political action committee. However, conservatives were surprised when Cross refused to support gay marriage in the recent General Assembly.
Bob Grogan, who is more socially conservative than either Cross or Schillerstrom, seems to have gained a following throughout the state over the past few months. However, Cross has a sizeable campaign war chest, which will be significant in a run for Treasurer, but likely missed by the House Republican Organization (HRO) this election cycle.