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Republican Tom Cross launched his campaign for Illinois treasurer today, Sept. 18, in Rockford, a campaign he said 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,” said Cross.
Joining Cross in Rockford were state Reps. John Cabello (R-Machesney Park), Jim Sacia (R-Freeport), Bob Pritchard (R-Hinckley) and Joe Sosnowksi (R-Rockford), along with Winnebago County Republican Chairman Jim Thompson. Cabello said Cross can be trusted to work hard every day to advance common-sense policies and protect taxpayers.
“Tom Cross is the right man, at the right time, seeking the job for all the right reasons,” said Cabello. “Tom has worked hard for years to advance sound policies that balance our books, identify and eliminate waste, fraud and abuse. He will make an outstanding treasurer.”
Cross, Illinois’ House Republican Leader and a former prosecutor, said Illinois politicians have repeatedly failed to solve the state’s biggest problems and, as a result, Illinois faces record-high taxes, skyrocketing debt and the nation’s worst budget deficit. According to Cross, these repeated failures are making life tougher and tougher for every family and it’s time for a new a new direction.
“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. I will be a vigilant fiscal watchdog — taxpayers deserve no less.”
As treasurer, Cross pledged to use the full power of the office to require the legislature to enact a balanced budget, including legal remedies. And continuing his commitment to reform, Cross will establish a Government Integrity Unit inside the treasurer’s office, composed of financial experts, former prosecutors and law enforcement officials who will be charged with the task to review state financial documents to ensure their accuracy and protect state pension funds from corruption and fraud.
“We must bring all the resources we can muster to ending this cycle of fiscal irresponsibility, fraud and waste,” said Cross. “I believe the Treasurer’s Office can play a pivotal role in that effort as well as in achieving our ultimate goal, which is to make Illinois a better place for all of us.”
Cross faces DuPage County Auditor Bob Grogan in the Republican primary in March. On the Democratic side, state Sen. Mike Frerichs (D-Champaign) has said he is running for the office.
Posted Sept. 18, 2013