Updated 09/18/13 – 12:29 p.m.
CHICAGO (AP) — The 2014 race for Illinois treasurer began to take shape Wednesday as outgoing House Republican Leader Tom Cross officially launched his bid with a two-day statewide tour touting his experience in law and budgeting.READ MORE: Police Warn Of Retail Thefts in Gold Coast
Cross, who faces a Republican opponent in the March primary, had considered seeking the state’s attorney general post, but the former prosecutor changed course after Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan decided to seek re-election. He said his legal background will still be an asset in the office of treasurer.
“The treasurers’ office, more than ever before, can be a catalyst in trying to turn the state around,” he told The Associated Press ahead of his official campaign launch in Chicago. “I understand the budget as well as anybody in the state … you can take the prosecutorial background and be a fiscal watchdog.”