Lawmakers return to the Capitol Wednesday, and suburban officials will be at the forefront in dealing with the state's money woes.
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House Republican Leader Tom Cross of Oswego
Democratic State Rep. Elaine Nekritz of Northbrook
Republican State Rep. David Harris of Arlington Heights
Democratic State Rep. Fred Crespo of Hoffman Estates
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When lawmakers return to Springfield this week, suburban officials will be among the leaders on a handful of tough issues. The underlying challenge will once again be the state's troubled finances. "I expect this year to be even tougher than last year." said state Rep. Fred Crespo, a Hoffman Estates Democrat and chairman of a House budget committee.