Speaking to reporters after appearing at the
Rutherford also said he thought it would be inappropriate to announce a statewide candidacy before municipal and township elections on April 9.
"We don't need to have official candidates out there before then," he said.
Asked if he was still deciding whether to run, Rutherford responded, "It's more a matter of when's the right time to do it."
Rutherford has not been secretive about his interest in running for the
In addition, wealthy Chicago businessman Bruce Rauner has launched a 60-day listening tour as part of an exploratory look at the GOP nomination. U.S. Rep.
In speaking to the City Club, Rutherford said he was a proven vote getter among the potential GOP field. "I'm the only Republican right now looking to run for governor that has actually won a statewide race," he said.
Rutherford, of Chenoa in central Illinois, also said he believed Illinois voters — including Republicans — want someone to fix the state's financial problems, including its towering unfunded public pension liability, rather than engage in infighting over social issues.
"I think Illinois is ready for someone to look them in the eye, talk the talk who's walked the walk, tell them the truth, be believable, understand that there's a lot of things we're not going to agree on — and keep it to the finances," he said. "Don't let abortion or gay rights or guns define a good person from a bad person."
Rutherford also criticized Democratic House Speaker