Rauner names ex-Rep. Cross to lead higher education board

Gov. Bruce Rauner has named the former Republican leader of the Illinois House to serve as chairman of the state board that oversees colleges and universities.
    
The Republican on Friday appointed former state Rep. Tom Cross to lead the Illinois Board of Higher Education. In a statement, his office says "Cross’s experience as a state legislator and fiscal reformer will be an asset to the board."
    
Cross, of Oswego, joins the board at a tumultuous time. Some colleges are cutting programs and laying off staff because they haven’t received state funding due to Illinois’ budget stalemate. Rauner recently vetoed legislation to fund grants to help students pay tuition, saying Illinois doesn’t have the money.
    
Cross served in the Legislature for 22 years. He was GOP leader from 2002 to 2013.

Related Articles

Kentucky men arrested after Illinois man injured by armed robbers Kentucky men have been arrested in connection to an armed robbery and home invasion in Harrisburg, Illinois, according police.
Marion, Illinois, Mayor Bob Butler among honor flight veterans It’s a visit our nation's heroes deserve to get to make.
What’s Going Around 10/18/2017 There are a number of illnesses keeping you and your family from enjoying the crisp fall air. 
Local opioid treatment services expand to meet needs There's a growing opioid problem nationwide and in your own backyard.