SPRINGFIELD - After a year's worth of saying he's going to run for governor in 2014, Republican state Treasurer Dan Rutherford will formally announce his plans at a series of stops and rallies beginning Sunday.

The first-term statewide officeholder confirmed Thursday that he'll launch a day's worth of rallies in Chicago on Sunday and then head south for stops in Pontiac and Springfield.

He'll make a formal announcement to the press on Monday in Springfield.

The 58-year-old Pontiac native will be the first to formally enter what could be a crowded GOP race. Other potential candidates include wealthy hedge fund manager Bruce Rauner of Chicago and state Sens. Bill Brady of Bloomington and Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale.

The winner of the primary will take on the winner of the Democratic race. Gov. Pat Quinn is eyeing another term and could be challenged by Attorney General Lisa Madigan.

Rutherford was elected to the Illinois House in 1992 and then moved to the Senate in 2003. He was elected as state treasurer in the 2010 election.

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