State Senator Bill Brady says he still has plenty of time to decide whether he will run for governor in 2014. (Photo courtesy Illinois Senate)
By Eric Stock
BLOOMINGTON - No one has formally declared for the 2014 Illinois governor's race, but of those expected to run, state Treasurer Dan Rutherford comes out on top in a new survey by Public Police Polling.
The poll shows Rutherford would beat Gov. Pat Quinn head-to-head (43 to 39 percent). The Chenoa Republican led the GOP field of potential candidates with 19 percent of the vote.
Congressman Aaron Schock came in second among GOP hopefuls (18 percent). State Senator Bill Brady came in third (14 percent).
Brady won't let the poll sway his decision on whether to run.
"There was a very small sample with actually automated phone calls. With cell phone today and so forth, we wouldn't put much credibility into it, but certainly, they probably do and that's fine.
Rutherford asked supporters on his website and social media on Sunday whether they would back him if he were to run for governor.
The poll also shows that Democratic Attorney General Lisa Madigan would easily win a hypothetical campaign against any of the potential Republican candidates.
The candidate who has come closest to declaring is State Senator Kirk Dillard. He narrowly lost to Brady in the Republican primary for governor in 2010.
Brady said he has plenty of time to decide whether he'll run for governor again in 2014.
"It doesn't mean we're not going to be working, traveling around the state visiting with folks and finding out what's on their minds. There's some groundwork to pay for sure, Brady said.
Brady said he would need to get a campaign staff in place and vet potential candidates for lieutenant governor.
Quinn also hasn't said whether he will seek re-election.