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Bruce Rauner Jumps Into 2014 Governor's Race

Rauner joins Dan Rutherford in campaign for GOP nomination

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Bruce Rauner, the former chairman of private equity firm GTCR LLC, announced his intention to run on a video post on his web site.

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The GOP field for Illinois governor is starting to shape up following a Wednesday announcement venture capitalist Bruce Rauner that he's getting into the race.

Rauner, the former chairman of private equity firm GTCR LLC, announced his intention to run on a video post on his web site.

He formed an exploratory committee and statewide Listening Tour in March before making his decision, and now plans to embark on what his campaign calls the "Bring Back Illinois Tour."

Rautner is up against State Treasurer Dan Rutherford for the GOP nomination. Rutherford announced his candidacy this week.

Others who've expressed interest on the Republican side include state Sens. Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard.

Gov. Pat Quinn plans to seek re-election in 2014 and could face challenges from within the Democratic party. Former White House chief of staff Bill Daley and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan are also considering runs.

Rauner is also the former chairman of Choose Chicago, a position recently filled by Desiree Rogers.

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