ROCKFORD, Ill.--The race is on for
the Illinois governor's seat in 2014.
State Treasurer Dan Rutherford was in town today at Cliffbreakers just two days after formally announcing his candidacy for the highest office in the state. Rutherford became the first candidate in either party to throw his hat in the ring for next fall.
"As the Governor, my highest priority will be to lower that unemployment rate by putting people to work," Rutherford told Stateliners this morning. "All of those other ills we have with Illinois, I believe, will be abundantly better addressed when we have people working."
The push for employment he says will help reduce stress on other issues like the state's debt and the fragile economy in Illinois.
Rutherford, 58, touts his experience, reminding Stateliners that he's the only Republican who's been victorious in a state-wide race.
"Illinois government has failed its citizens in many ways," said Rutherford. "It has failed the young and the old in need of essential services and it has failed the taxpayers."
Aside from concerns over employment, Rutherford feels that citizens across the Land of Lincoln should be concerned over both the high crime and the perception of safety in Illinois and particularly in Chicago.
"I don't like being in an elevator in Chicago and hearing an international visitor talk about the crime in the City." Rutherford said.
The visit to Rockford wraps up a 3-day tour of the state to kickoff his campaign. Stops today include trips to Peoria, Kankakee, and Savoy.