Most of those running for governor in 2014 have already expressed their interest in the job. Only a few have made it official. Congressman Aaron Schock is not running for governor. State Treasurer Dan Rutherford is.
“I sense the citizens of Illinois are in depression and frustration with their government," Rutherford said at a Chicago event at the restaurant Harry Caray's downtown.
Rutherford toured the state Sunday as part of his announcement.
“I really, really love Illinois. I don’t, I don’t like my state being the brunt of jokes on those late night television shows.”
Rutherford’s competitors for the Republican nomination could include State Senators Kirk Dillard and Bill Brady, venture capitalist Bruce Rauner, and radio host Dan Proft. Democrats considering running include incumbent Pat Quinn, Attorney General Lisa Madigan, and former White House chief of staff Bill Daley.