Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford is leaving office after a failed bid to win the Republican nomination for governor.
With no incumbent on the Nov. 4 ballot, Republican state Rep. Tom Cross of Oswego, Democratic state Sen. Mike Frerichs of Champaign and Libertarian Matthew Skopek are vying to replace Rutherford.
Cross, the former House Republican leader, is a fiscal conservative who voted against Gov. Pat Quinn’s 67 percent income tax increase in 2011.
Cross said he will use the office to force the General Assembly to follow its constitutional requirement to pass a balanced budget each year, even if it means filing a lawsuit.
Frerichs, the former Champaign County auditor, voted for the income tax increase and has supported plans to institute a graduated income tax.
We endorse Cross.