Rutherford To Launch TV Ads in Illinois Governor Race

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- A second Republican contender for Illinois governor is planning to hit the airwaves with advertising.

State Treasurer Dan Rutherford says his campaign will air its first television ads Feb. 6 to correspond with the start of the Sochi Olympics.

That follows months in which Winnetka businessman Bruce Rauner has dominated some markets with his own TV ads.

Rutherford would not say how much he is spending on the ads. He says his campaign hopes to sustain them through the March 18 primary.

The Rutherford campaign ended 2013 with $1.37 million. Rauner raised $4 million in the final quarter of 2013 and spent much of that money on ads.

State Sens. Kirk Dillard and Bill Brady also are seeking the GOP nomination. They haven't run TV ads.

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