Tom Cross makes campaign stop in Peoria

By WEEK Producer

September 19, 2013 Updated Sep 20, 2013 at 9:46 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Tom Cross, who stepped down recently as Illinois House Republican leader, made a stop Thursday in Peoria to kick-off his campaign for state treasurer.

He was joined by other elected officials and well-wishers at the Peoria county GOP headquarters.

Cross was first elected to the Illinois House in 1992 and was chosen as party leader in 2002.

Cross said his priories as treasurer are a balanced budget and to make sure the state doesn't spend money it doesn't have, something for which he criticized Governor Pat Quinn.

"The governor, and this is where I disagree with him and we've had healthy disagreements, has done a very good job PR-wise,” Cross said. “That's how he works on things, of creating these controversies and saying 'oh, this state agency doesn't have enough money. If we don't do it the world's gonna come to an end' and we must say as a General Assembly, "no."

Cross will face a primary challenger from DuPage County Auditor Bob Grogan, who is a Certified Public Accountant.

For the Democrats, Senator Mike Frerichs of Champaign is running.

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