- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 23, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Former House Republican Leader Tom Cross is an Oswego Republican making a bid for state treasurer, facing Democratic state Sen. Mike Frerichs of Champaign. Here’s some background on Cross and his stance on the issues:

BIOGRAPHY

Name: Tom Cross

Age: 56

Background: Attorney, former House Republican leader, state representative since 1993

Faith: United Methodist

Favorite Concert: Sara Evans

Favorite dessert: “My daughter Reynolds’ homemade chocolate-chip cookies.”

Most admired Illinois governor: Jim Edgar

ISSUES

On merging the office of the treasurer and the comptroller: “I’ve always supported a merger and sponsored a resolution during my term in the legislature. The two offices share many common goals and there would be savings if the offices were merged.”

On changes to the state’s investments: “I would create a highly skilled investment advisory group that would work to recommend a responsible investment strategy with the goals being safety and soundness of taxpayer dollars.”

On running the treasurer’s office more efficiently: Cross supports a review of positions within the treasurer’s office and says he would eliminate those he found unnecessary. He also says he’d work to lower the fees paid on state investments.

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