Republican leader en Cook County Republican Durkin Joins "The Four Tops" <p>Call him “House Minority Leader Durkin.” State Representative Jim Durkin was elected Thursday by his Republican colleagues as their new House leader.<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The new Republican leader is from the Cook County village of Western Springs. He’s an attorney and has served twice in the Illinois House: from 1994 to 2002, and from 2006 to today. In between, he ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Senate.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 21:11:30 +0000 WNIJ 35367 at Cook County Republican Durkin Joins "The Four Tops" House GOP Will Meet To Pick A Leader <p>Republican members of the Illinois House of Representatives will meet Thursday to try to select a replacement for GOP Leader Tom Cross, who announced last week that he will be stepping down. He's expected to run for State Treasurer instead.</p><p>Seventeen House Republicans who signed a letter officially scheduling the meeting say there's no time to waste in replacing him.</p><p>The letter says the House Republican's fundraising arm is in "dire financial straits" ... and that shoring up funds ahead of next year's election will be difficult until a new leader is in place.</p> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 17:48:13 +0000 WNIJ 35212 at House GOP Will Meet To Pick A Leader