Rutherford: time is right for Governor run
A Republican candidate for Illinois Governor said it's the right time for him to run for the state's top office despite it looking like it could be a crowded GOP field in next year's primary.
State Treasurer Dan Rutherford made the comments on Tuesday during a stop in Savoy as a part of a three day, 13 stop tour announcing his candidacy.
Other possible Republican candidates for Governor include Bill Brady, Kirk Dillard and Bruce Rauner, though none of them have officially declared that they are running.
Rutherford said Illinois is in desperate need of strong leadership, and he feels he's the right guy for the job.
Rutherford also said another reason that it's the best time for him to run for governor is that he's the only Republican that's considering a run who has been elected to a statewide office.
Rutherford is a Pontiac native and former State Representative and State Senator. His Senate district included parts of western Champaign County.