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Cross won’t run for attorney general

Published: Friday, July 19, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

OSWEGO (AP) – The Republican leader of the Illinois House of Representatives says he’s not running for attorney general.

Tom Cross tells The Daily Herald that he made his announcement following Lisa Madigan’s decision to stay in the post.

Madigan, a Democrat, ended months of speculation Monday when she said she wouldn’t challenge Gov. Pat Quinn in 2014. She says she never planned to run if her father, longtime House Speaker Michael Madigan, remained in his job.

Cross says Lisa Madigan’s decision changes the “dynamic” of the attorney general’s race and says he’s committed to leading House Republicans in Springfield.

Cross is from Oswego and was first elected to the House in 1993. He’s led the Republican caucus since 2002.

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