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Rutherford Makes Gubernatorial Run Official

Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford

Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford (left) poses for a photos with supporters Sunday in Springfield. He's making a three-day tour of Illinois to formally launch his campaign for governor. (Brian Mackey/IPR)

Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford says it won't be easy for a Republican to be elected governor. But he believes he has the best shot because he's already won a statewide election.

Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford (left) greets supporters Sunday in Springfield. He's making a three-day tour of Illinois to formally launch his campaign for governor.The 58-year-old Rutherford officially announced Sunday that he is running for the GOP nomination in the 2014 governor's race.

"I sense the citizens of Illinois are in depression and frustration with their government," he said, touring the state Sunday as part of his announcement - holding his Chicago event at Harry Caray's restaurant downtown. "I really, really love Illinois. I don’t, I don’t like my state being the brunt of jokes on those late night televisions."

Rutherford said he wants to eliminate the state's "massive debt,'' fund its liabilities and help create jobs.A campaign sign outside Springfield's American Legion Post 32. Inside, state Treasurer Dan Rutherford was speaking to supporters, formally launching his campaign for governor.

He plans a three-day statewide tour to spread his message with stops in Chicago, Springfield, Pontiac, Rockford, Kankakee. and Champaign's Willard Airport

Rutheford will likely face a crowded field of GOP contenders. State Sens. Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard, and venture capitalist Bruce Rauner also have expressed interest.

Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn has said he will seek re-election, but could face challenges from within his own party.