Members of the Illinois House Republicans met Thursday in Springfield to select a replacement for outgoing Leader Tom Cross, R-Oswego. The unified caucus chose state Rep. Jim Durkin, R-Western Springs, to lead and advance the Republican agenda in the Illinois House, according to a new release issued by Durkin.
“We are unified, excited and ready to get to work,” Durkin said, according to the release. “GOP members from the north, south, east and west share a common vision for necessary fiscal reforms for the state and adding more members to the Illinois House Republican Caucus.”
The race for leader came down to a choice between Durkin and state Rep. Raymond Poe, R-Springfield.
“I’ve known Ray for many years and he has my utmost respect as a colleague and I look forward to having a solid working relationship with him moving forward,” said Durkin.
Durkin also thanked Cross for his years of services and commitment to the Caucus.
“Leader Cross should be commended for his work and dedication to the Illinois House Republicans,” added Durkin. “I wish him the best on his future endeavors.”
Durkin represents Illinois’ 82nd House District.