, long mentioned as a potential Republican candidate for governor, used the web and social media Sunday to urge supporters to sign up for a possible 2014 race for Illinois chief executive.
Rutherford's web site asks visitors, "Would you support Dan Rutherford for governor of Illinois?" It also promotes a statement from the first-term treasurer and former state lawmaker in which he says, "Now is the time for leaders to act with conviction and courage.'
"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 taxpayers," Rutherford said. "Illinois is indeed broke — but our great state is not beyond repair."
Rutherford, 57, of Chenoa, said the use of his web site, Facebook and
"I’ve had a lot of people say you ought to be in. And if people want to sign up and show their support, that would help me evaluate," Rutherford said. "It was posted on a Sunday morning, but within nine minutes on a Sunday morning, 40 people signed up."
Rutherford said that after hard-fought contests for president,
Dillard has been traveling the state seeking support for a bid while Brady, who lost to Democratic Gov.
Rutherford, who served as Illinois chairman of Republican
Quinn has indicated he's likely to run for re-election to the office first gained following the impeachment of imprisoned former Gov.