Local republicans considering running for governor

By Alyssa Donovan

March 9, 2013 Updated Mar 11, 2013 at 11:18 AM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Backlash after Governor Quinn's budget address this week may have many wondering who is next to lead Illinois.

Republicans from across the state gathered Saturday night for the annual Lincoln Day dinner.
And among them are a few considering throwing their hat in the ring.

Local lawmakers weren't too happy with Governor Pat Quinn’s budget address last Wednesday.

Now those in Washington voicing their disappointment that the state still has 9 billion dollars in unpaid bills, and the worst pension problem in the nation.

"Illinois is consistently number 49 or 50 in terms of places that have their act together," said U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger/ (R) IL, 16th District. "So I hope governor quinn really puts together a plan and a strong bold leadership going for him. I don't have a lot of faith that he will but I hope he does."

U.S. Representative Adam Kinzinger spoke on Saturday night at the annual Lincoln Day dinner.
Where there were also a few republicans considering a run for governor.

State Senator Bill Brady says the failures of the current administration are something he hopes to use as motivation.

"This state has serious issues facing it. We've lost over 290,000 jobs under Pat Quinn. That's got a bottom line impact of our budget of over 4 billion dollars," Brady said.

State Treasurer Dan Rutherford says there is a lot that can be done to make Illinois a better place.

“This is a great state the problem we have with Illinois right now is what's going on in Springfield it's not the people, we got a great educational system, we got ourselves a great infrastructure. It's a good place to have a business. Now we can always do better I will admit to that but I think that when the time comes I'll step up and I can turn Illinois around," Rutherford said.

Both Republicans, Rutherford and Brady are considering running for governor along with Illinois business and civic leader Bruce Rauner who has never run for political office before.

But there's more left for Governor Quinn to do, as the 2014 gubernatorial race slowly begins to take shape.

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