CHICAGO (AP) -- House Republican Leader Tom Cross says he's running for Illinois treasurer because the office has more opportunity than ever before in helping turn around Illinois' financial woes.
The Oswego lawmaker is leaving his leadership post to campaign. He launched a two-day tour Wednesday with stops planned in Chicago, Rockford and Moline.
Cross tells The Associated Press he knows the budget as well as any person and wants the treasurer's office to play a bigger role in making sure it's balanced. Treasurer Dan Rutherford is seeking the GOP nomination for governor.
A former prosecutor, Cross had considered attorney general. He changed course when Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan decided to seek re-election.
DuPage County Auditor Bob Grogan is Cross' GOP opponent. Champaign state Sen. Mike Frerichs is seeking the Democratic nod.
In a news release, Cross' campaign says he will make the announcement at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers on Wednesday before starting a two-day fly around across Illinois. Stops include Rockford and Moline on Wednesday and Peoria, Quincy and Springfield on Thursday. The tour will conclude at a Plainfield restaurant.
DuPage County Auditor Bob Grogan also is seeking the GOP nomination.
Cross has served in the House since 1993 and as Republican caucus leader since 2003. After the Oswego lawmaker told caucus members he intended to run for treasurer, Republican legislators chose Rep. Jim Durkin of Western Springs to fill his leadership post.
Democratic state Sen. Mike Frerichs is also running for treasurer.