The race for Illinois Governor has begun.
Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford says he'd be active advocate for Illinois, if he were elected governor in 2014.
Though he says he'd reside in governor's mansion, he says the issues this time are jobs, pensions and the budget, among other things.
Treasurer Rutherford is the first to officially put his name out there for Republicans.
The first term treasurer says he has a history of winning and also has a history in small and large business along with experience in government.
Rutherford is touring the state over the next couple of days announcing his vision for Illinois. He was in Springfield Sunday night with supporters at the American Legion.