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Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford Considers Run for Governor

He asked supporters on his website and social media profiles on Sunday

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Illinois Treasurer Considers Run for Governor

Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford is thinking about a run for governor.

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Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford put out feelers on Sunday for a possible run for governor.

"Would you support Dan Rutherford for Governor of Illinois," was the question that dominated Rutherford's website on Sunday.

It was part of an online and social media campaign soliciting supporters to endorse the treasurer for a potential run in Illinois' 2014 governor's race.

"Now is the time for leaders to act with conviction and courage," Rutherford stated on his website. "Through wise stewardship, we can eliminate our massive debt, fund our liabilities, build an environment that job-creators are seeking and provide financial security for tax payers. Illinois is indeed broke - but our great state is not beyond repair."

It was not an official announcement, Rutherford told the Chicago Tribune. He said any formal declaration would happen after the Jan. 21 presidential inaugural festivities, Tribune reported.

If Rutherford decides to throw his hat into the race, he'll run against fellow Republican Illinois state Sen. Kirk Dilliard in the primaries. Dillard announced he would run for governor in early November, just days after he won re-election in his suburban Chicago Distrcit.

The current Governor Pat Quinn has said he will run for reelection, but he'll have to get through the primary election first. Quinn faces an uphill battle after being named the most unpopular governor in the country on Thursday in a poll from Public Policy Polling. But he remains optimistic, citing his winning record in the past two elections, despite the tough competition.

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