New rules to pick a new ruler
Illinois House Republicans continue to talk behind the scenes about who would be their leader if Tom Cross of Oswego steps down to run for Illinois attorney general in 2014.
State Rep. Mike Fortner, a West Chicago Republican, has begun circulating proposed rules for how a successor would be chosen.
Fortner isn’t proposing huge changes — a winner would need majority support of the 47 members — but he appears to be doing his due diligence, just in case.
The House already has rules to pick a leader at the beginning of the session. But this is a little different.
“We didn’t adopt rules thinking we’d need to make a change in the middle of a two-year cycle,” Fortner said.
Suburban Republicans still appear to be the front-runners for the job, with state Reps. Jim Durkin of Western Springs, Tim Schmitz of Batavia, Dennis Reboletti of Elmhurst and Ed Sullivan of Mundelein all expressing various levels of interest.
Whoever is chosen will have the weighty task of cinching up the GOP’s 71-47 deficit in the House during the 2014 election.