Tom Cross

Ex-Rep. Tom Cross Named Higher Education Board Chairman

Feb 28, 2016

Gov. Bruce Rauner has appointed former State Rep. Tom Cross as the Chairman of the Illinois Board of Higher Education.


A news release says Cross’s experience as a state lawmaker and fiscal reformer will be an asset to the board.


Cross served in the Illinois General Assembly more than 20 years and was the House Republican Leader from 2002-2013.


He is a distinguished fellow at Aurora University, where he promotes innovation in STEM education programs. He is a senior consultant at Culloton Strategies.

It became one of the closest races in recent Illinois history. On Wednesday, Republican Tom Cross conceded the race to Democrat Mike Frerichs in the state treasurer's contest.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Cross' campaign issued the following statement:

"With the final votes counted, this election now has a conclusive outcome and I have congratulated Sen. Frerichs on a hard-fought victory. Sen.  Frerichs has demonstrated time and time again his commitment to our state and that will serve all of us well as he becomes Illinois’ next state treasurer."

Illinois Treasurer Race Still Close; Cross Takes Lead

Nov 12, 2014
State of Illinois

Republican Tom Cross' lead widened ever so slightly Tuesday in the Illinois Treasurer race. Democrat Mike Frerichs is down by one-one-thousandth of a percentage point.

The Cross campaign alleges some voters in Cook County cast more than one provisional ballot before Election Day. Cross' campaign manager, Kevin Artl, says their office found repeated voters from data provided by the County Clerk.

"We look forward to working with them, making sure that each person only gets one vote."

State of Illinois

Agriculture is one of the issues discussed in the waning days of the Illinois Treasurer campaign. The office maintains state funds and acts as the state's bank.

Republican Tom Cross says he would ensure the "ag invest" program remains available to farmers. Democrat Mike Frerichs says the office could help farmers transition to more sustainable practices, and those transition costs can be high.

Frerichs and Cross are vying to replace Dan Rutherford, who's leaving office after a failed bid for governor.

First Debate For Illinois Treasurer Happens Today

Oct 15, 2014
State of Illinois

The candidates for Illinois treasurer face off this morning for the first debate in a tight race. Republican State Representative Tom Cross and Democratic State Senator Mike Frerichs both want to be the next state treasurer.

It’s a race that’s been surprisingly negative, and Frerichs’ campaign manager Zach Koutsky says it’s all Cross’ fault.

"Our 22-year statehouse opponent has been smearing every time Sen. Frerichs comes out with a proposal to improve an existing program in the office."
--- Zach Koutsky, Mike Frerichs's campaign manager