Looking at this post by blogger Ed McClelland, there are some good choices here. Perhaps Lisa Madigan shouldn't go for it this time around. She seems adverse to moving from state attorney general. She wouldn't run for any other office but the one she held in 2010.
It's safe to say State Senator Bill Brady has had his turn to be governor and I think it's agreed he blew a certain thing in 2010 against our current Governor Pat Quinn who became Governor of Illinois after Blago was removed from that position. Whoever on the Republican side wants to run for Governor next year - whether conservative or moderate - need to avoid making some of the same mistakes he did two years ago. So Rutherford and Dillard - Dillard himself lost the 2010 gubernatorial primary to Brady - seem like good possibilities. Brady and Billard are currently serving in the state Senate. Rutherford a former state Senator is now our state Treasurer.
For 2014 I'm not feeling Lisa Madigan, but I could deal with a Governor Rahm Emanuel. It just must hinge on how he does as Mayor of Chicago. Although since he campaigned for Mayor starting in 2010 it was always speculated that his ultimate goal is the Presidency of the United States. We'll have to see about that!
BTW, McClelland does make one mistake. Our 22nd & 24th President of the United States one Grover Cleveland served as the Mayor of Buffalo before becoming Governor of New York and eventually President of the United States for two non-consecutive terms. That being said a city mayor serving as President is still very rare!
All the same while the Quinn of this year seems to be a lot more take charge about the various issues affecting our state it seems the consensus is that he shouldn't even attempt to run again in two years. I do believe he indicated in interest in running for another term as governor.