Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford speaks at a news conference, Friday, July 29, 2011, in Chicago. Rutherford addressed his office's preparations in light of the federal debt ceiling impasse. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green) By AP
CHICAGO (AP) -- Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford has made it official: He's running for the Republican nomination in the 2014 governor's race.
The 58-year-old Rutherford made the announcement on his website Sunday morning, ahead of a news conference.
He says in a statement posted on the site that he wants to eliminate the state's "massive debt," fund its liabilities and help create jobs.
Rutherford plans to launch a three-day statewide tour to spread his message with stops in Chicago, Springfield, Pontiac, Rockford and Kankakee and more.
He's likely to face a crowded field of GOP contenders. Those who've expressed interest are state Sens. Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard, and venture capitalist Bruce Rauner.
Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn has said he'll seek re-election, but could face challenges from within his own party.