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{{Polinfobox
name                = Dan Rutherford |
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|Name = Dan Rutherford
political position  = Illinois State Senate District 53 |
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|Profile picture =Dan Rutherford.jpg
incumbency          = Incumbent |
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|Position = Illinois Treasurer
assumed office     = 2003 |
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|Status = Incumbent
term ends          = 2010 |
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|Current candidacy = Governor of Illinois
political party    = [[Republican]] |
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|Current candidacy primary date = March 18, 2014
profession          = Legislator |
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|Current candidacy election date = November 4, 2014
  website             = [http://www.ilga.gov/senate/Senator.asp?GA=96&MemberID=1481 Official website] |
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|Predecessor = Alexi Giannoulias (D)
}}{{tnr}}'''Dan Rutherford''' is a [[Republican Party|Republican]] member of the [[Illinois State Senate]].  He has represented District 53 since 2003 and currently serves as an [[State Senate Assistant Minority Leader|Assistant Minority Leader]]. Rutherford was re-elected in November of 2006 with his term expiring in 2010. Before becoming a Senator, Rutherford was a member of the [[Illinois House of Representatives]] from 1993 to 2003.  
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|Tenure = January 10, 2011 - Present
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|Term ends = January 12, 2015
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|First elected = November 2, 2010
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|Next election = [[Illinois gubernatorial election, 2014|November 4, 2014]]
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|Prior office = [[Illinois State Senate]]
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|Prior office years = 2003 - 2010
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|Place of birth =Pontiac, Illinois
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|Office website = http://www.treasurer.il.gov/
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}}{{tnr}}'''Dan Rutherford''' (b. May 26, 1955, in Pontiac, [[Illinois]]) is the current [[Republican]] [[Illinois Treasurer|Treasurer of Illinois]]. First elected in 2010, Rutherford succeeded Alexi Giannoulias.<ref name=treas>[http://statehousenewsonline.com/2010/11/10/new-ill-gop-comptroller-treasurer-no-blank-checks-for-dem-govs-borrowing/ "New Ill. GOP comptroller, treasurer: no blank checks for Dem gov’s borrowing," ''Illinois Statehouse News'', November 10, 2010]</ref>  His term as Treasurer expires in 2015.
  
Rutherford was a declared candidate in 2010 for [[Illinois Treasurer]] on the Republican ticket, which he won.<ref name=treas>[http://statehousenewsonline.com/2010/11/10/new-ill-gop-comptroller-treasurer-no-blank-checks-for-dem-govs-borrowing/ "New Ill. GOP comptroller, treasurer: no blank checks for Dem gov’s borrowing," ''Illinois Statehouse News'', November 10, 2010]</ref>
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Rutherford {{2014isrunning}} for election as [[Governor of Illinois]]. He  officially launched his [[Illinois gubernatorial election, 2014|2014]] campaign for governor on June 3, 2013.<ref name=declared14>[http://thesouthern.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/rutherford-announces-gov-campaign-in-southern-illinois/article_56d5ef6c-cc7b-11e2-ac3e-0019bb2963f4.html ''The Southern,'' "Rutherford announces gov. campaign in Southern Illinois," June 2, 2013]</ref> He {{2014isseeking}} the [[Republican]] nomination in the March 18 primary election on a ticket with [[Steve Kim]]. {{Nov2014genelection}}
  
Rutherford graduated from Illinois State with his Bachelor's degree in 1978.  Also, Rutherford served as a Legislative Assistant for former State Representative Tom Ewing from 1978 to 1980 and was a Business Executive.  
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==Biography==
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Rutherford served as a Legislative Assistant for former State Representative Tom Ewing from 1978 to 1980 and was a Business Executive.  
  
==State treasurer==
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He served in the [[Illinois State Senate]], representing District 53 from 2003 to 2010 and serving as an [[State Senate Assistant Minority Leader|Assistant Minority Leader]]. Before becoming a Senator, Rutherford was a member of the [[Illinois House of Representatives]] from 1993 to 2003. <ref>[http://www.treasurer.il.gov/about-us/meet-treasurer-rutherford.aspx ''Illinois State Treasurer,'' "Meet Treasurer Rutherford," accessed September 15, 2012]</ref>
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===Education===
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*BS, Business Administration, Illinois State University, 1978
  
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==Political career==
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===State treasurer (2011-Present)===
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====Borrowing====
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When they were first elected, Rutherford and comptroller [[Judy Baar Topinka]] said they planned to flex their muscle as the state’s fiscal officers, with an aim at Gov. [[Pat Quinn]]’s borrowing. Quinn called borrowing one of his “budget pillars,” yet the state treasurer and comptroller must sign-off on short term borrowing, according to Illinois state law.
  
==Illinois State Senate==
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“I have a number of questions about any type of short term borrowing,” Topinka said. “What will the money be used for, how long will it be out, and is there money for the state to pay it back?”
===Committee assignments===
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Rutherford serves on these committees:
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Topinka said she would not issue blank checks to the governor. Rutherford said he thought he had a mandate to be tough and that voters picked Republicans to hold the fiscal offices of the state for a reason.
  
* [[Elections Committee, Illinois Senate|Elections]]
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[One] thing that I think is going to be impactful is to have people who are willing to articulate what may be a differing opinion on the finances of the state.
* [[Executive Appointments Committee, Illinois Senate|Executive Appointments]]
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* [[Financial Institutions Committee, Illinois Senate|Financial Institutions]]  '''Ranking Republican Member'''
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* [[Redistricting Committee, Illinois Senate|Redistricting]] 
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* [[Telecommunications and Technology Committee, Illinois Senate|Telecommunications and Technology]] <ref>[http://www.ilga.gov/senate/committees/default.asp "Illinois General Assembly" List of Illinois Senate Committees, July 28, 2009]</ref>.
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Rutherford said that not all borrowing is bad, but that he worried about Illinois’ mounting debt and the state’s ability to repay what it borrows. <ref name=treas/>
  
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====Debt====
  
==Elections==
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While Rutherford cannot stop lawmakers from borrowing billions to pay the state’s backlog of unpaid bills, he said he planned to deter this practice by making it more expensive.
===2010===
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Rutherford won his campaign for state treasurer in the November 2, 2010 election.<ref name=treas/>
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On May 23, 2011, Rutherford said he could not support adding to Illinois' burgeoning debt.  
  
===2008===
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He released his own report that states Illinois total debt would cost every household in the state $42,000. Rutherford arrived at the number by adding Illinois’ $140 billion in unfunded pension and health-care liabilities, the state’s $45 billion bond debt, and the nearly $8 billion in unpaid bills.
  
On November 4, 2008, Republican Dan Rutherford won re-election to the [[Illinois State Senate]] District 53 receiving 90,199 votes.<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/state_election_results.phtml?s=IL&y=2008 ''Illinois Senate election results for 2008'']</ref>
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The treasurer said lawmakers must cut spending and live within their means in order for Illinois to pay off the debt.
  
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“You can’t borrow anymore money,” said Rutherford. “And if I need to send letters to the rating companies to tell them the treasurer of Illinois is opposed to any more borrowing, I’ll go ahead and do that.”
  
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Rutherford said alerting national rating agencies and bond houses could make it more expensive for Illinois to borrow. He said hoped that step would give lawmakers pause before asking for a billion dollars.<ref>[http://statehousenewsonline.com/2011/05/23/illinois-state-treasurer-says-no-to-more-debt/ "Illinois treasurer says ‘no’ to more debt to pay state bills," By Benjamin Yount, ''Illinois Statehouse News'', May 23, 2011]</ref>
  
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====Criticism for raises====
  office = Illinois State Senate, District 53 (2008)
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Rutherford, along with [[Illinois Comptroller]] [[Judy Baar Topinka]], came under criticism in September 2011 for giving pay raises during a fiscal crisis. Topinka gave 56 employees raises of at least 3 percent and several employees raises up to 15 percent. Rutherford gave out 19 raises averaging 16 percent increases. The issue came to light by an analysis of payroll records by the Better Government Association, a Chicago nonprofit group.<ref>[http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2011/09/26/business-us-comptroller-treasurer-pay-raises-illinois_8701142.html ''Forbes,'' "Watchdog questions comptroller, treasurer raises," September 26, 2011]</ref>
  
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===Illinois State Senate (2003-2010)===
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====Civil Unions====
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Rep. Rutherford was the only GOP lawmaker to vote yes on the civil unions legislation before it headed to Gov. [[Pat Quinn|Quinn]]’s desk.<ref>[http://illinois.statehousenewsonline.com/4661/dan-rutherford-on-civil-unions/ "Dan Rutherford on Civil Unions," ''Illinois Statehouse News'', December 1, 2010]</ref>
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===Illinois State House (1993-2003)===
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==Elections==
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===2014===
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:: ''See also: [[Illinois gubernatorial election, 2014]]''
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Rutherford {{2014isrunning}} for [[Governor of Illinois]] in 2014 alongside his choice of lieutenant gubernatorial running-mate [[Steve Kim]]. He {{2014isseeking}} the [[Republican]] Party nomination in the primary election on March 18, 2014. {{Nov2014genelection}}<ref name=declared14/><ref>[http://www.danrutherford.org/calendar/event/63/EventDetails.aspx ''Dan Rutherford Illinois State Treasurer,'' "Dan Rutherford preparing for 2014 bid for Governor," accessed May 21, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://jg-tc.com/news/dan-rutherford-plans-future-run-for-governor/article_f687fffc-5adc-11e2-9161-0019bb2963f4.html ''Journal Gazette & Times-Courier,'' "Rutherford plans future run for governor," January 9, 2013]</ref>
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====Polls====
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{{Poll
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|Title=Republican gubernatorial primary - hypothetical match-up
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|Poll1=[http://capitolfax.com/2013/07/08/poll-shows-rauner-movement/ Capitol Fax/We Ask America Poll]<br>(June 20, 2013)
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|Response1=Dan Rutherford
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|Response2=Bill Brady
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|Response3=Bruce Rauner
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|Response4=Kirk Dillard
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|Numberpolled1=1310
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|Margin of error1 = 2.8
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|Response1Poll1% = 22
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|Response2Poll1% = 18
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|Response3Poll1% = 12
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|Response4Poll1% = 11
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|Response5Poll1%=38
 
}}
 
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===2010===
| colspan="2" | '''{{won}} [[Dan Rutherford]] (R)'''
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| align="right" | '''90,199'''
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==Campaign Donors==
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Rutherford won his campaign for state treasurer in the November 2, 2010 election.<ref name=treas/>
===2008===
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In 2008, Rutherford collected $770,475 in donations.<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=98805|2008 Rutherford Campaign Donors]</ref>
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Listed below are those that contributed most to his campaign.
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{{SEO election box
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|year =2010
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|Office= Illinois State Treasurer General Election
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|party1=Republican
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|party2=Democratic
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|party3= Green
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|party4=Libertarian
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|winner1 =Dan Rutherford
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|Inc1 =
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|candidate2 = Robin Kelly
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|candidate3 = Scott K. Summers
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|candidate4 = James Pauly
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|votes1 = 1811293
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|votes2 = 1650244
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|votes3 = 115772
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|votes4 = 68803
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|ref = [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/state_election_results.phtml?s=IL&y=2010#fTREASURERSW Follow The Money]
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| Muneer A. Satter
 
| align="right" | $50,000
 
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| James J. Liautaud
 
| align="right" | $25,000
 
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| Terence M. Graunke
 
| align="right" | $25,000
 
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| CMTE for Legislative Action
 
| align="right" | $10,000
 
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| Illinois Bankers Association
 
| align="right" | $7,500
 
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| Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois
 
| align="right" | $6,000
 
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| HSBC North America
 
| align="right" | $5,000
 
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| AT&T
 
| align="right" | $5,000
 
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| Alexander D. Stuart
 
| align="right" | $5,000
 
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| Robert D. Stuart Jr.
 
| align="right" | $5,000
 
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| Deborah M. Olinger
 
| align="right" | $5,000
 
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| Citizens for Dale A. Righter
 
| align="right" | $5,000
 
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| Illinois Credit Union League
 
| align="right" | $4,250
 
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| Richard W. Porter
 
| align="right" | $4,000
 
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| Comcast
 
| align="right" | $4,000
 
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| Albert C. Hanna
 
| align="right" | $4,000
 
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| Illinois Health Care Association
 
| align="right" | $4,000
 
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| Illinois Realtors Association
 
| align="right" | $3,800
 
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| Sexton Companies
 
| align="right" | $3,800
 
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| Illinois Automatic Merchandising Council
 
| align="right" | $3,625
 
|}
 
  
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===2008===
  
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On November 4, 2008, Republican Dan Rutherford won re-election to the [[Illinois State Senate]] District 53 receiving 90,199 votes.<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/state_election_results.phtml?s=IL&y=2008 ''Illinois Senate election results for 2008'']</ref>
  
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{{Election box 2008
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|Chamber= Illinois State Senate, District 53 General Election
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|party1=Republican
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|party2=
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|winner1 =Dan Rutherford
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|Inc1 =
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|candidate2 =
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|votes1 =90199
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==District 53==
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==Campaign donors==
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{{Comprehensive donor history
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|Name=Rutherford
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|year=1996
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|Editdate=July 10, 2013
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|link=<ref>[http://followthemoney.org/database/uniquecandidate.phtml?uc=1562 ''Follow the Money,'' "Career fundraising for Dan Rutherford," accessed July 10, 2013]</ref>
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|party=Republican
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|totalraised2012=865893
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|result2012=N/A
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|office2012=Illinois Treasurer
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|totalraised2010=2040372
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|result2010=Won
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|office2010=Illinois Treasurer
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|totalraised2010*=0
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|result2010*=N/A
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|office2010*=Illinois State Senate District 53
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|totalraised2008=770475
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|result2008=Won
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|office2008=Illinois State Senate District 53
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|totalraised2006=1566837
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|result2006=Lost
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|office2006=Illinois Secretary of State
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|totalraised2006*=0
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|result2006*=N/A
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|office2006*=Illinois State Senate District 53
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|totalraised2004=912585
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|result2004=Won
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|office2004=Illinois State Senate District 53
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|totalraised2002=774396
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|result2002=Won
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|office2002=Illinois State Senate District 53
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|totalraised2000=345389
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|result2000=Won
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|office2000=Illinois House Senate District 87
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|totalraised1998=295159
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|result1998=Won
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|office1998=Illinois House Senate District 87
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|totalraised1996=258107
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|result1996=Won
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|office1996=Illinois House Senate District 87
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|Note=*Rutherford filed paperwork for two races in both 2006 and 2010.
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}}
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===2004-2010===
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{{SEO donor box
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|candidate=Dan Rutherford
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|year1=2010
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|office1=Illinois Treasurer
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|political party1=Republican
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|total raised1=$2,040,372
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|opponent1= $790,389
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|top donor1=Danny Rutherford
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|top donor1 amount=$200,162
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|second donor1=James Liautaud
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|second donor1 amount=$100,000
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|third donor1=James N Pritzker Political Participation Fund
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|third donor1 amount=$58,000
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|fourth donor1=James Pritzker
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|fourth donor1 amount=$50,000
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|fifth donor1=Maclean-Fogg Co
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|fifth donor1 amount=$35,000
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|individuals1=$968,970
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|institutions1=$650,865
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|instate1=$1,645,846
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|outstate1=$68,275
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|year2=2008
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|office2=Illinois State Senate<br>District 53
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|political party2=Republican
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|total raised2= $770,475
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|opponent2=n/a
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|top donor2=Muneer Satter
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|top donor2 amount=$50,000
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|second donor2=Terence Graunke
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|second donor2 amount=$25,000
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|third donor2=James Liautaud
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|third donor2 amount=$25,000
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|fourth donor2=Committee for Legislative Action
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|fourth donor2 amount=$10,000
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|fifth donor2=Illinois Bankers Association
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|fifth donor2 amount=$7,500
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|individuals2=$358,273
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|institutions2=$262,812
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|instate2=$713,365
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|outstate2=$48,856
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|year3=2006
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|office3=Illinois Secretary of State<br>(''Lost general election'')
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|political party3=Republican
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|total raised3= $1,566,837
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|opponent3=$2,153,578
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|top donor3=Jimmy Johns Franchise
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|top donor3 amount=$74,900
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|second donor3=James N Pritzker Political Participation Fund
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|second donor3 amount=$45,000
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|third donor3=James Liautaud
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|third donor3 amount=$31,000
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|fourth donor3=Illinois Manufacturers Association
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|fourth donor3 amount=$11,000
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|fifth donor3=Jeffrey Diederich
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|fifth donor3 amount=$10,500
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|individuals3=$551,546
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|institutions3=$588,520
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|instate3=$1,443,173
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|outstate3=$98,380
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|year4=2004
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|office4=Illinois State Senate<br>District 53
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|political party4=Republican
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|total raised4= $912,585
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|opponent4=n/a
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|top donor4=Dan Rutherford
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|top donor4 amount=$61,153
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|second donor4=Lexington Square Inc
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|second donor4 amount=$11,500
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|third donor4=Committee for Legislative Action
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|third donor4 amount=$11,500
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|fourth donor4=Community Bankers Association of Illinois
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|fourth donor4 amount=$9,500
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|fifth donor4=Illinois Realtors Association
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|fifth donor4 amount=$9,175
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|individuals4=$249,381
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|institutions4=$410,532
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|instate4=$846,522
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|outstate4=$63,609
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}}
  
Rutherford represents Illinois Senate District 53.  District 53 includes the Central Illinois including the City of Pontiac<ref>[http://www.ilchamber.org/Chamber_PAC/District_maps/legislative_dist_il.pdf "Illinois Chamber of Commerce, Northeast Illinois Legislative District Maps, July 29, 2009]</ref>.
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==Recent news==
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==Personal==
 
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Rutherford resides in Pontiac, Illinois.<ref> [http://votesmart.org/candidate/biography/6383/dan-rutherford#.Uh4Ltj_Eols ''Project Vote Smart,'' "Treasurer Dan Rutherford's Biography," accessed August 28, 2013] </ref>
  
Rutherford resides in Pontiac, Illinois.
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==See also==
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*[[Illinois Treasurer]]
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*[[Treasurer]]
  
 
==External links==
 
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*[http://www.treasurer.il.gov/ Illinois State Treasurer]
 
*[http://www.danrutherford.org/ Dan Rutherford's campaign website]
 
*[http://www.danrutherford.org/ Dan Rutherford's campaign website]
* [http://www.danrutherford.com/ Sen. Rutherford's website]
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{{LegisLinks | votesmart = 6383 | c-span = | followthemoney = 1562 | fb = RutherfordDan |twitter =RutherfordDan | youtube = | nndb = | wikipedia = Dan_Rutherford }}
* [http://www.ilga.gov/senate/Senator.asp?GA=96&MemberID=1481 Biography from the Illinois General Assembly]
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* [http://www.ilga.gov/senate/Senator.asp?GA=96&MemberID=1481 Biography from the 96th Illinois General Assembly]
* [http://www.votesmart.org/summary.php?can_id=6383 Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart]
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*[http://chicago.cbslocal.com/tag/dan-rutherford/ Collected news and commentary] at ''CBS Chicago''
* [http://www.votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=6383 Biography from Project Vote Smart]
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*[http://www.chicagotribune.com/topic/politics/dan-rutherford-PEPLT005719.topic Collected news and commentary] at the ''Chicago Tribune''
*Campaign Contributions: [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=98805 2008], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=94353 2006], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=63280 2004], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=7424 2002], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=30582 2000], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=30255 1998], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=29853 1996]
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*[http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dan-Rutherford/104696265020 Dan Rutherford on Facebook]
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Dan Rutherford
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Current candidacy
Running for Governor of Illinois
Date of primaryMarch 18, 2014
General electionNovember 4, 2014
Current office
Illinois Treasurer
In office
January 10, 2011 - Present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
PredecessorAlexi Giannoulias (D)
Compensation
Base salary$130,800
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$7,829,213
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Illinois State Senate
2003 - 2010
Illinois House of Representatives
1993-2003
Education
Bachelor'sIllinois State University (1978)
Personal
BirthdayMay 26, 1955
Place of birthPontiac, Illinois
Websites
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Dan Rutherford (b. May 26, 1955, in Pontiac, Illinois) is the current Republican Treasurer of Illinois. First elected in 2010, Rutherford succeeded Alexi Giannoulias.[1] His term as Treasurer expires in 2015.

Rutherford is running for election as Governor of Illinois. He officially launched his 2014 campaign for governor on June 3, 2013.[2] He is seeking the Republican nomination in the March 18 primary election on a ticket with Steve Kim. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Biography

Rutherford served as a Legislative Assistant for former State Representative Tom Ewing from 1978 to 1980 and was a Business Executive.

He served in the Illinois State Senate, representing District 53 from 2003 to 2010 and serving as an Assistant Minority Leader. Before becoming a Senator, Rutherford was a member of the Illinois House of Representatives from 1993 to 2003. [3]

Education

  • BS, Business Administration, Illinois State University, 1978

Political career

State treasurer (2011-Present)

Borrowing

When they were first elected, Rutherford and comptroller Judy Baar Topinka said they planned to flex their muscle as the state’s fiscal officers, with an aim at Gov. Pat Quinn’s borrowing. Quinn called borrowing one of his “budget pillars,” yet the state treasurer and comptroller must sign-off on short term borrowing, according to Illinois state law.

“I have a number of questions about any type of short term borrowing,” Topinka said. “What will the money be used for, how long will it be out, and is there money for the state to pay it back?”

Topinka said she would not issue blank checks to the governor. Rutherford said he thought he had a mandate to be tough and that voters picked Republicans to hold the fiscal offices of the state for a reason.

“[One] thing that I think is going to be impactful is to have people who are willing to articulate what may be a differing opinion on the finances of the state.”

Rutherford said that not all borrowing is bad, but that he worried about Illinois’ mounting debt and the state’s ability to repay what it borrows. [1]

Debt

While Rutherford cannot stop lawmakers from borrowing billions to pay the state’s backlog of unpaid bills, he said he planned to deter this practice by making it more expensive.

On May 23, 2011, Rutherford said he could not support adding to Illinois' burgeoning debt.

He released his own report that states Illinois total debt would cost every household in the state $42,000. Rutherford arrived at the number by adding Illinois’ $140 billion in unfunded pension and health-care liabilities, the state’s $45 billion bond debt, and the nearly $8 billion in unpaid bills.

The treasurer said lawmakers must cut spending and live within their means in order for Illinois to pay off the debt.

“You can’t borrow anymore money,” said Rutherford. “And if I need to send letters to the rating companies to tell them the treasurer of Illinois is opposed to any more borrowing, I’ll go ahead and do that.”

Rutherford said alerting national rating agencies and bond houses could make it more expensive for Illinois to borrow. He said hoped that step would give lawmakers pause before asking for a billion dollars.[4]

Criticism for raises

Rutherford, along with Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, came under criticism in September 2011 for giving pay raises during a fiscal crisis. Topinka gave 56 employees raises of at least 3 percent and several employees raises up to 15 percent. Rutherford gave out 19 raises averaging 16 percent increases. The issue came to light by an analysis of payroll records by the Better Government Association, a Chicago nonprofit group.[5]

Illinois State Senate (2003-2010)

Civil Unions

Rep. Rutherford was the only GOP lawmaker to vote yes on the civil unions legislation before it headed to Gov. Quinn’s desk.[6]

Illinois State House (1993-2003)

Elections

2014

See also: Illinois gubernatorial election, 2014

Rutherford is running for Governor of Illinois in 2014 alongside his choice of lieutenant gubernatorial running-mate Steve Kim. He is seeking the Republican Party nomination in the primary election on March 18, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.[2][7][8]

Race background

Current incumbent Pat Quinn, a Democrat who went from lieutenant governor to governor following Rod Blagojevich's 2009 impeachment, is facing re-election in 2014. Quinn ran for, and won, a full term in 2010 and is running for his second full four-year term. According to multiple outside ratings, Quinn is among the most vulnerable governors in the 2014 electoral cycle.[9]

Quinn's 2010 running-mate and first term incumbent Lt. Gov Sheila Simon (D) announced in February 2013 that she would not run for re-election in 2014. Simon said she wanted to seek a new office that would allow her to have a "greater impact," and later declared her candidacy for state comptroller.[10][11] Simon's thinly veiled swipe at the office's unsatisfactory "impact" potential was followed shortly thereafter by the Illinois House of Representatives' approval of a proposal seeking to eliminate the position of lieutenant governor altogether by constitutional amendment. In order for the measure to be passed, it must win approval of both the State Senate and Illinois voters. If the proposal is approved in a statewide public vote, the office will remain intact for one final term following the 2014 election.[12] Quinn said he wanted “a people person” to replace Simon, and ultimately settled on former Chicago public schools chief Paul Vallas.[13]

The 2014 electoral cycle marked the first time in Illinois history that candidates for the offices of governor and lieutenant governor ran on a single ticket in the primary election phase. Spurred by the 2010 election fiasco when Democratic nominee for lt. governor Scott Lee Cohen had to drop out of the race after being arrested on charges of steroid use and domestic battery, the new joint ticket rule was enacted to support the notion of a critical governor-lieutenant governor partnership. In theory, allowing governor hopefuls to hand pick their running mates for the primary would induce the campaigns to "better define their priorities for voters and cover more ground as election season gets underway."[13]

As of August 2014, Illinois is one of 13 Democratic state government trifectas. The biggest threat to Quinn winning re-election, then, was expected to have come courtesy of his fellow Democrats, namely William "Bill" Daley, a past U.S. Commerce Secretary and White House chief of staff and attorney general Lisa Madigan. But by September 2013, Quinn had dodged both bullets: First, Madigan, who had been expected to enter the primary race, announced that she would instead seek re-election to her current post.[14][15][16] After brief consideration,[17] Daley, "a member of Chicago's first political family," for his relation to two of Chicago's longest-reigning mayors, abruptly withdrew his bid for the Democratic nomination after a promising first stretch.[16] His departure marked a veritable coup for Quinn, whose bleak re-election prospects improved considerably in the absence of a strong primary challenge.[18]

Quinn is the fifth out of a total of forty-six previous Illinois lieutenant governors to have succeeded to the governorship mid-term. As governor, Quinn has emphasized improving the state government's ethical standards and protecting public-sector labor unions. His tenure thus far has been marred by steep, deeply unpopular budget cuts and tax increases stemming from long-term state debt among other issues that have factored into his status among the least popular governors facing re-election in 2014.[19]

Primary review, cross-party vote phenomenon

On September 3, individuals aiming to qualify for a slot on the March 2014 primary ballot began gathering signatures. The filing period for major party primary candidates ended on December 2, 2013, with only one Democrat, Tio Hardiman, filing to go up against Quinn. Candidates from the Republican end included state Sens. Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard, state treasurer Dan Rutherford and venture capitalist Bruce Rauner. Early polls showed Rutherford as the frontrunner for the GOP nomination, but Rauner rocketed ahead of the pack by November 2013 and maintained a 15-point average lead up to the March primary, which he won.[20]

A newcomer to politics, Rauner achieved the name recognition he needed to overcome his more established opponents with the help of massive campaign contributions totaling nearly $14 million, including $6 million of his own money, the highest amount a candidate has ever spent on his own primary campaign for governor in Illinois.[21][22]

Unofficial results from the March 18 primaries revealed some steep deviations from typical voting behaviors recorded in past elections. Based on the breakdown of votes in the Republican and Democratic gubernatorial primaries provided by the Chicago Tribune on election night, Ballot Access News analyzed what appeared to be a spectacularly low turnout of Democratic voters (438,112 votes) in the party's contested, albeit only nominally, primary. They detected that hundreds of thousands of Democratic voters must have taken advantage of the state's mixed-hybrid primary system to vote the Republican ballot instead of their own. Under Illinois' primary rules, voters can change parties each year but must declare a party affiliation at the polls. Depending on which party is chosen, the voter will then be counted as registered for that party. Voters may change party affiliation at polls or caucus.[23]

The mass cross-over by Democrats was linked to one specific issue highlighted in this year's GOP governor's race: government employee unions. Most of the Democrats who participated in the Republican primary did so in order to ensure Kirk Dillard, who has sided with the unions in the state senate, would lose to Bruce Rauner, who has promised to curtail union influence.[24]

In Illinois, the last time more votes were cast in the Republican than the Democratic gubernatorial primary was 1986; not since the 1940's have so few votes been cast in a Democratic gubernatorial primary election. Compared to the last five Illinois gubernatorial elections, there was no significant spike in Republican votes this year, indicating the trend reversal was caused by a tremendous drop in Democratic gubernatorial primary votes cast.[24]


Polls

Republican gubernatorial primary - hypothetical match-up
Poll Dan Rutherford Bill BradyBruce RaunerKirk DillardMargin of ErrorSample Size
Capitol Fax/We Ask America Poll
(June 20, 2013)
22%18%12%11%38%+/-2.81,310
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

2010

Rutherford won his campaign for state treasurer in the November 2, 2010 election.[1]

Illinois State Treasurer General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDan Rutherford 49.7% 1,811,293
     Democratic Robin Kelly 45.3% 1,650,244
     Green Scott K. Summers 3.2% 115,772
     Libertarian James Pauly 1.9% 68,803
Total Votes 3,646,112
Election Results Via: Follow The Money


2008

On November 4, 2008, Republican Dan Rutherford won re-election to the Illinois State Senate District 53 receiving 90,199 votes.[25]

Illinois State Senate, District 53 General Election, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDan Rutherford 100% 90,199
Total Votes 90,199

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Rutherford is available dating back to 1996. Based on available campaign finance records, Rutherford raised a total of $7,829,213 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 10, 2013.[26]

Dan Rutherford's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Illinois Treasurer Not up for election $865,893
2010 Illinois State Senate District 53 Not up for election $0
2010 Illinois Treasurer Won $2,040,372
2008 Illinois State Senate District 53 Won $770,475
2006 Illinois State Senate District 53 Not up for election $0
2006 Illinois Secretary of State Defeated $1,566,837
2004 Illinois State Senate District 53 Won $912,585
2002 Illinois State Senate District 53 Won $774,396
2000 Illinois House Senate District 87 Won $345,389
1998 Illinois House Senate District 87 Won $295,159
1996 Illinois House Senate District 87 Won $258,107
Grand Total Raised $7,829,213
*Rutherford filed paperwork for two races in both 2006 and 2010.

2004-2010

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Personal

Rutherford resides in Pontiac, Illinois.[28]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "New Ill. GOP comptroller, treasurer: no blank checks for Dem gov’s borrowing," Illinois Statehouse News, November 10, 2010
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Southern, "Rutherford announces gov. campaign in Southern Illinois," June 2, 2013
  3. Illinois State Treasurer, "Meet Treasurer Rutherford," accessed September 15, 2012
  4. "Illinois treasurer says ‘no’ to more debt to pay state bills," By Benjamin Yount, Illinois Statehouse News, May 23, 2011
  5. Forbes, "Watchdog questions comptroller, treasurer raises," September 26, 2011
  6. "Dan Rutherford on Civil Unions," Illinois Statehouse News, December 1, 2010
  7. Dan Rutherford Illinois State Treasurer, "Dan Rutherford preparing for 2014 bid for Governor," accessed May 21, 2013
  8. Journal Gazette & Times-Courier, "Rutherford plans future run for governor," January 9, 2013
  9. Governing Politics, "2013-2014 Governor's Races: Who's Vulnerable?," December 11, 2012
  10. Chicago Tribune, "Simon will not run again for lieutenant governor," February 13, 2013
  11. Chicago Magazine, "What Happens After Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon Quits Pat Quinn’s Team," March 26, 2013
  12. The Chicago Tribune, "House votes to eliminate lieutenant governor post," April 12, 2013
  13. 13.0 13.1 CBS Local - Chicago, "2014 Governor Candidates To Choose Running Mates," August 24, 2013
  14. Capitol Fax, "This just in… Lisa Madigan announces re-election bid," July 15, 2013
  15. Governing, "William Daley Considering Bid for Illinois Governor," December 21, 2012
  16. 16.0 16.1 Chicagobusiness.com, "Daley files paperwork for governor run," June 10, 2013
  17. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named dropout
  18. New Jersey Herald, "Daley: Exit from race doesn't mean I couldn't win," September 17, 2013
  19. St. Louis Today, "Illinois Gov. Quinn 2nd least popular incumbent going into 2014," April 9, 2013
  20. CapitolFax.com, "Capitol Fax/We Ask America Poll - Poll shows Rauner movement," July 8, 2013
  21. Crain's Chicago Business, "How Bruce Rauner won the GOP primary," March 19, 2014
  22. Peoria Public Radio, "How the self-funding of Rauner's campaign is impacting the race for Governor," March 12, 2014
  23. Chicago Tribune, "Election Calendar, Primary Results," last updated March 18, 2014
  24. 24.0 24.1 Ballot Access News, "Shockingly Low Turnout in Illinois Democratic Primary Suggests Many Democrats Voted in Republican Primary," March 20, 2014
  25. Illinois Senate election results for 2008
  26. Follow the Money, "Career fundraising for Dan Rutherford," accessed July 10, 2013
  27. Follow the Money.org
  28. Project Vote Smart, "Treasurer Dan Rutherford's Biography," accessed August 28, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
Alexi Giannoulias (D)
Illinois State Treasurer
2011–present
Succeeded by
Current
Preceded by
'
Illinois Senate District 53
2003–2010
Succeeded by
Shane Cultra (R)