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By David A. Clarke Jr.
Blame Washington's intelligence failure, not lack of police
Topic - Tom Cross
An advocacy group supporting gay and lesbians causes in Illinois is bolstering the campaign funds of two Republican lawmakers.
A number of Illinois legislators face stiff challenges from their own side and special interest groups in the March 18 primary election because of risky votes they made, either for cutting state worker retirement benefits or legalizing gay marriage. Elsewhere, coveted seats have opened up as incumbents seek higher office.
Both candidates seeking the Republican nomination to be Illinois treasurer say they want to help right the state's financial ship - one bringing years of legislative experience to the job, the other promoting his technical expertise as a certified public accountant.
With nations trading charges of high-level cyberespionage, security specialists are warning that there are a whole host of reasons why hackers may target their computers and smartphones.
He acknowledged encountering blowback from some primary voters, but says he hopes his record will help them look past it.
"I think people are going to say, 'I may not like it,' but he's trying to fix the state, he's trying to fix the budget, he's been aggressive on (pension reform), and I like what he's been doing on financial issues," Cross said in an interview.