Bill Brady (politician)

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Bill Brady
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Member of the Illinois Senate
from the 44th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 2003
Preceded by  ???
Personal details
Born (1961-05-15) May 15, 1961 (age 53)
Bloomington, Illinois, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Nancy Brady
Alma mater Illinois Wesleyan University
Religion Roman Catholicism

William E. "Bill" Brady, Jr. (born May 15, 1961)[citation needed] is a Republican member of the Illinois Senate, representing the 44th Legislative District since his appointment in May 2002. He previously served in the Illinois House of Representatives, representing the 88th District from 1993 to 2000, and also ran unsuccessfully for Governor of Illinois as the Republican Party's candidate in 2010. He ran again for the Republican nomination in 2014 but lost to businessman Bruce Rauner.

Early life, education and career[edit]

Brady was born May 15, 1961, in Bloomington, Illinois. He graduated from Central Catholic High School and Illinois Wesleyan University.[citation needed]

A millionaire real estate developer and broker,[1] Brady is a co-owner of Brady Homes, one of Central Illinois’ largest home builders, founded by his father, Bill Brady Sr.[2] In early 2014, it was reported that Brady’s real estate development business had been sued twice for defaulting on loans.[3][4]

Illinois Senate[edit]

Committees on Insurance, (minority spokesperson); Pensions and Investments, (minority spokesperson); Public Health; Revenue; Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability; Select Committee on Public Pension Investments

Political campaigns[edit]

Brady ran for Governor of Illinois twice. In 2006, he finished third in the Republican primary, getting about 18% of the vote.[5]

In the 2010 gubernatorial election, he defeated his closest competitor, State Senator Kirk Dillard, by 193 votes in the GOP primary,[6] and faced incumbent Democratic Governor Pat Quinn and Green Party candidate Rich Whitney in November.[6] Brady's running mate was 28 year-old Jason Plummer, past Chairman of the Madison County Republican Party and, at the time,[citation needed] an intelligence officer in the U.S. Naval Reserve and vice president in his father's lumber business.[7] Brady lost to Quinn by around 19,400 votes out of 3,600,000.[8]

2014 GOP Primary Campaign[edit]

Brady announced his third bid for Illinois Governor on June 26, 2013.[9] His fellow GOP contenders are businessman Bruce Rauner, state treasurer Dan Rutherford, and Senator Kirk Dillard.

Brady’s running mate was Maria Rodriguez. She was initially courted by Bruce Rauner as a running mate. Rodriguez carried two terms as mayor of Long Grove, Illinois.[10]

Brady was the lowest-funded of the four Republican candidates for the primary election, with only $273,000 in his campaign account at the end of 2013.[11]

During his campaign, Brady made several swipes at competitor Bruce Rauner, including comparing Rauner to disgraced and jailed former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.[12]

Among other things, Brady advocated for pension reform, reducing taxes, reforming worker’s compensation, not increasing the minimum wage, and the dismantling of the Illinois State Board of Education.[13]

Brady lost the GOP primary at third place with 15% of the vote.

Political positions[edit]

Budget[edit]

According to his campaign website, Brady believes in balancing the budget and paying down debt by "deconstructing Illinois spending and constructing a new budget, based on efficiency and priorities".[citation needed] He has proposed a plan to cut “a dime for every dollar” in state spending. But depending on the starting point, that may cut $3 billion to $5 billion from the $13 billion deficit.[14]

Education[edit]

Brady supports replacing the Illinois State Board of Education with a smaller agency that receives half of the current $80 million funding, or $40 million.[15][16]

Brady believes that intelligent design, which he has described as "in other words, teaching the Bible", should be taught in public schools, saying that "we should teach the Bible in our schools. One of the basic, fundamental voids we have in our school system is bringing God into the system." In a follow-up interview, he explained: "I certainly believe that local school boards should have the opportunity to teach kids about the Bible, just as they ought to be able to teach them about the Qur'an." He added: "I believe in school prayer. I think that local school boards should be able to dictate that they start the day with prayer."[17][18]

Brady supports competition in elementary and secondary education and, "either through board action or citizens initiative", school districts funding the tuition to private schools, at a rate that is, at minimum, what the state provides to the school district.[19]

Employment[edit]

Brady supports lowering Illinois' minimum wage from its current $8.25 per hour to match the federal minimum wage of $7.25.[20] Brady has said that the minimum wage should be controlled by “market-forces”. “I think supply and demand in the marketplace determines the rate of minimum wage. I don't think governmental intrusion is as effective," said Brady.[21][page needed] Brady has also called for a freeze in the state's minimum wage until the lower federal rate catches up to that in Illinois.[22]

Death penalty[edit]

Brady intended to lift the moratorium on the death penalty if he became governor.[23]

Abortion[edit]

Bill Brady self-identifies as pro-life. He supports a ban on all abortions, including in cases of rape and incest. He makes an exception and allows abortion when a mother's life is at risk.[24][25][26] He has also backed legislation allowing pharmacists refuse to dispense emergency contraception.[27]

Same-sex marriage[edit]

A week after winning the Republican primary, Brady introduced a proposed state constitutional amendment on February 10, 2010[28] defining marriage as between "one man and one woman".[29][30][31][32] The proposed constitutional amendment would also deny validity and recognition to any "uniting of persons of the same sex in a civil union, domestic partnership, or other similar same sex relationship."[32] Although Brady was originally the main sponsor of the amendment, its chief sponsor is now Illinois State Senator John O. Jones, who became co-sponsor with Brady the week following its submission.[33] Brady has stated that he is "concerned that activist judges could overturn our current law protecting this institution".[23] Brady has also stated his opposition to civil unions for gay couples on more than one occasion.[34]

Stem cell research[edit]

Brady voted against legislation that would authorize state funding for embryonic stem cell research but prohibit human cloning. The legislation passed.[35]

Health insurance[edit]

Brady voted against extending parental health insurance to unmarried dependents. The legislation later passed.[36]

Brady co-sponsored SB 908 – Insurance Without Mandated Coverage - in 2003. SB 908 would have allowed insurance providers to offer plans that do not include coverage otherwise mandated in Illinois law.[citation needed] He voted NO on HB 211 in 2003 – Contraceptive Coverage in Private Health Insurance. HB 211, which became law in 2003,[citation needed] required any private insurance plan that covered prescription drugs and devices to also cover FDA approved contraceptive drugs and devices, but expressly states that nothing in it requires the coverage of abortion services.[citation needed]

Brady has called for cuts to the state’s Medicaid program, where he says his proposed forensic audit would reveal fraud, mismanagement and abuse. He also favors switching many Medicaid patients to a managed care system – the type currently administered by many Health Management Organizations (HMOs) – to control the cost of health care.[37]

Drugs[edit]

Brady opposes the legalization of marijuana in Illinois.[38]

Gun control[edit]

Brady has stated that he is opposed to any further restrictions to the ownership of firearms in Illinois. He is also for legalizing concealed carry, which would allow a law-abiding, licensed Illinois resident to carry a handgun or other weapon in public in a concealed manner.[23][39]

Ethics[edit]

Brady's campaign website states that his administration would be a "clean break" from the ethics scandals of past governors. He supports capping individual campaign contributions at $4,800 for each election cycle and prohibiting union and corporate contributions.[40]

Brady has opposed requiring campaign contributors to list their occupations. He also dismissed adopting detailed federal-style statements of economic interest for public officials in Illinois as an "overreaction."[41]

Term limits[edit]

Brady has called for term limits in Illinois. He would limit legislators to five terms in the House (10 years) and three terms (10 years) in the Senate.[42]

Taxes[edit]

Brady has opposed efforts to raise state sales and income tax rates in Illinois. He favors reducing sales taxes that he claims drive retail jobs and businesses to other states. He favors dedicating a percentage of Illinois revenue to property tax relief[clarification needed] and eliminating the estate tax in Illinois.[citation needed]

Animal control[edit]

In February 2010, Brady sponsored a bill (SB2999) in the 96th General Assembly that would allow the mass euthanasia of dogs and cats based upon the demands of his constituents in his district.[43] After it received considerable criticism, he retracted his sponsorship and now has said that he would veto any such bill.[44]

Committees[edit]

Brady serves on the following committees:[45]

  • Agriculture and Conservation
  • Committee of the Whole
  • Conference Committee on SB1
  • Environment
  • Insurance
  • State Government &Veterans Affairs
  • Transportation

Personal life[edit]

Bill and his wife, Nancy, have three children and own a home in Bloomington.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chicago Tribune, Tribute Poll, Brady Holds Slim Lead over Quinn, Sept 2010, http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/clout_st/2010/09/tribune-poll-brady-holds-slim-lead-over-quinn.html
  2. ^ Chicago Tribune, Inside Republican Governor Candidate Bill Brady's Business Deals, May 22, 2010, http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/clout_st/2010/05/inside-republican-governor-candidate-bill-bradys-business-deals.html
  3. ^ Bond, Brendan (January 17, 2014). "Bill Brady's family business has been sued...twice". Associated Press. Reboot Illinois. Retrieved March 10, 2014. 
  4. ^ Heinzmann, David (January 17, 2014). "Brady faces 2nd lawsuit over business loan defaults". Associated Press. Chicago Tribune. Retrieved March 10, 2014. 
  5. ^ State Journal-Register via Associated Press (2008-11-07). "Bill Brady says he will run for governor". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2009-01-30. 
  6. ^ a b "Larry J. Sabato's Crystal Ball". Centerforpolitics.org. Retrieved 2010-07-30. 
  7. ^ Long, Ray (2010-02-04 (corrected 2010-04-05)). "Family fortune, social networks lift Plummer". ChicagoTribune.com (Chicago: Tribine Company). Retrieved 2010-10-29. 
  8. ^ McDermott, Kevin (2010-11-07). "Pat Quinn defied pollsters, national wave to prevail". stltoday.com (St. Louis, Missouri: St. Louis Post Dispatch). Retrieved 2010-11-06. 
  9. ^ Bond, Brendan (January 17, 2014). "Bill Brady 4th GOP candidate for governor in 2014". Associated Press. Reboot Illinois. Retrieved March 10, 2014. 
  10. ^ Heinzmann, David (February 26, 2014). "Running mate considers Bill Brady a kindred spirit". Associated Press. Chicago Tribune. Retrieved March 10, 2014. 
  11. ^ Erickson, Kurt (March 9, 2014). "Brady starts putting ads on TV". Associated Press. Herald & Review. Retrieved March 10, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Bill Brady Compares Bruce Rauner to Blago". Associated Press. nbc Chicago. March 4, 2014. Retrieved March 10, 2014. 
  13. ^ Sweeny, Chuck (February 26, 2014). "Chuck Sweeny: Illinois Sen. Bill Brady hopes to end education bureaucracy". Associated Press. JournalStandard.com. Retrieved March 10, 2014. 
  14. ^ Brady, Quinn plans offer little remedy to budget deficit, Pantagraph.com, Oct. 10, 2010, http://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/government-and-politics/elections/article_bbff5ade-d414-11df-86e1-001cc4c03286.html
  15. ^ Chicago Tribune, Profile, Illinois State Sen Bill Brady, Jan 18, 2010, http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/elections/chi-brady-profilejan18,0,4311935.story[dead link]
  16. ^ Quincy Whig Herald, Bill Brady GOP Gubernatorial Nominee, Aug 9 2010, http://www.whig.com/story/news/Bill-Brady-081010?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter
  17. ^ "Brady wants religion taught in Illinois public schools". Robsherman.com. 2005-10-20. Retrieved 2010-07-30.  Cites an October 20, 2005 Springfield State Journal-Register story by Bernard Schoenburg that includes an interview with Brady and also parts of a Brady interview with Jim Leach of WMAY (AM).
  18. ^ Pearson, Rick (2010-03-07). "Bill Brady finds himself standing in a harsher light". Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on 2010-03-06. Retrieved 2010-05-22. 
  19. ^ "Primary: Education". Chicago Tribune Election Center (Chicago: Tribune Company). 2010-01-11. Archived from the original on 4 August 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-09. [dead link]
  20. ^ Chicago Tribune, Clout Street Brady supports lowering state minimum wage to match feds, June 25, 2010, http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/clout_st/2010/06/brady-supports-lowering-state-minimum-wage-to-match-feds.html
  21. ^ Pantagraph, Jan. 23, 2003
  22. ^ Chicago Tribune, Hendon opens for Quinn, calls Brady racist, sexist, October 24, 2010, page 8
  23. ^ a b c "Primary: Social Issues". Chicago Tribune Election Center (Chicago: Tribune Company). 2010-01-26. Archived from the original on 4 August 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-09. [dead link]
  24. ^ Brady for Illinois, Chicago Tribune, Jan 22, 2010, http://bradyforillinois.com/2010/01/22/profile-illinois-state-sen-bill-brady-runs-for-the-gop-nomination-for-governor/
  25. ^ Pearson, Rick (2007-01-07). "Bill Brady finds himself standing in a harsher light". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2010-07-30. 
  26. ^ Chicago Tribune, Illinois governors race,Sen Bill Brady accepts GOP Nomination, March 5, 2010, http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2010-03-05/news/ct-met-gop-governor-race-20100305_1_gop-illinois-state-board-jobs
  27. ^ "Voting history offers little insight on Brady". Bloomington Pantagraph. 2010-10-23. Retrieved 2010-10-23. 
  28. ^ "Illinois General Assembly - Full Text of SJRCA0095". Ilga.gov. 2002-04-17. Archived from the original on 10 August 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-30. 
  29. ^ Chicago Sun Times, Ban gay marriages, republican hopeful says so, Feb 12, 2010, http://www.suntimes.com/news/elections/2042403,CST-NWS-brady11.article
  30. ^ Sabella, Jen (2010-02-11). "Bill Brady Wants To Change Illinois Constitution To Ban Gay Marriage". Huffingtonpost.com. Archived from the original on 10 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-30. 
  31. ^ "Shawn Healy: Gay Marriage and the Governor's Race". Huffingtonpost.com. 2010-04-26. Retrieved 2010-07-30. 
  32. ^ a b "Illinois General Assembly - Full Text of SJRCA0095". Ilga.gov. 2002-04-17. Retrieved 2010-07-30. 
  33. ^ "Illinois General Assembly - Bill Status for SJRCA0095". Ilga.gov. Retrieved 2010-08-29. 
  34. ^ "Ill. Candidate: No Civil Unions". advocate.com. Retrieved 2010-10-00. 
  35. ^ Project Vote Smart, accessed March 1, 2010, http://www.votesmart.org/issue_keyvote_detail.php?cs_id=11831&can_id=6303
  36. ^ Project Vote Smart, accessed March 1, 2010, http://www.votesmart.org/issue_keyvote_detail.php?cs_id=21986&can_id=6303
  37. ^ The cost of Bill Brady’s plan, http://www.illinoistimes.com/Springfield/article-7884-the-cost-of-bill-bradyrss-plan.html
  38. ^ "Gubernatorial candidates split on medical marijuana bill". Pantagraph.com. 2010-01-04. Retrieved 2010-07-30. 
  39. ^ Ill. gubernatorial candidates on guns Dec. 12, 2009 http://www.wandtv.com/Global/story.asp?S=11666917
  40. ^ Brady for Illinois Jul. 24, 2010 http://www.bradyforillinois.com/issues/clean-break-ethics/
  41. ^ Republican governor nominee Bill Brady under greater scrutiny Mar. 6, 2010 http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/clout_st/2010/03/republican-governor-nominee-bill-brady-under-greater-scrutiny.html
  42. ^ Local Elections - Bill Brady, Candidate for Governor of Illinois http://abclocal.go.com/wls/feature?section=news/politics/local_elections&id=7206465
  43. ^ "Bill Status of SB2999, 96th General Assembly". Bills & Resolutions. Springfield, Illinois: Illinois General Assembly. Retrieved 2010-11-06. 
  44. ^ McKinney, Dave (2010-10-19). "Brady Backs Further Away From Euthanizing Animals". Chicago Sun-Times. Archived from the original on 22 October 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-06. 
  45. ^ Illinois General Assembly Committees

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Preceded by
Judy Topinka
Republican nominee for Governor of Illinois
2010
Succeeded by
Bruce Rauner