Two political heavyweights from the Illinois Legislature will be in Quincy within the next week holding fund-raisers and meeting with local supporters.
Senate President John Cullerton will hold a fund-raiser Friday night. House Republican Leader Tom Cross, R-Oswego, will hold a fund-raiser Tuesday night.
Cullerton’s event will be held at the home of former House member and long-time lobbyist Mike McClain. Cross’ event will be held at the Quincy Country Club.
Cullerton also plans to participate in a public meeting on civic engagement that is being co-hosted by John Wood Community College and the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP).
As one would expect, the legislators from the respective parties will be on hand to introduce their leaders. State Representatives Jil Tracy, Rich Myers and Jim Watson — Republicans from Mount Sterling, Colchester and Jacksonville respectively — will be on hand for the Cross event. State Sen. John Sullivan, D-Rushville, will be at the Cullerton event.
Legislative leaders do visit Western Illinois on occasion, but it does not happen every day, or even every year. So the appearance of two leaders within days of each other is worth noting.
The 2010 election cycle will be the first since former Gov. Rod Blagojevich was ousted from office. It looks like leaders in both parties expect the next year to be a busy, and expensive, one.