Republican State Sen. Bill Brady of Bloomington made a campaign stop in Naperville recently, but also took the time to answer questions about issues that are important to you during a wide-ranging interview at the NCTV17 studios.
On why he wants the job of governor:
“The number one issue facing Illinois is jobs,” Brady said. “As a businessman, the only businessman in this race, I know how important it is that government supports business investment and doesn’t contradict it.”
On plugging the state’s $11 billion budget deficit and his proposal for state agencies to cut their spending by 10 percent:
“Illinois’ taxes and fees are some of the most burdensome in the nation. I’ve called for a billion dollars in tax cuts, but I’ve also called for a $2,100 incentive, a new job tax credit, for every business that creates a new job. The average job brings with it $4,200 in revenue immediately to the state. I want to help give those businesses the incentive to invest in Illinois jobs by giving them back half for the first year.”
On passing laws to help cities like Naperville reduce or eliminate pension obligations:
“I’ve called for a 401(k) system for any future employees. But we do have an obligation to take care of existing employees, morally and legally. So I’ve called for refinancing the debt so that we have a fully funded pension program.”
On make sure a Brady administration is ethically sound after the last two governors, Rod Blagojevich and George Ryan left office in disgrace:
“I’ve operated bill to business for the last 27 years and that business is above reproach. As a legislator, you can’t find me tied to any scandals. I’ve led a life and an example of integrity and I’ll do that as governor.
State Sen. Brady finished with 18 percent of the vote in the 2006 primary. The latest poll shows him tied with Hinsdale State Sen. Kirk Dillard and former state GOP party chairman Andy McKenna, but about 15 points behind frontrunner and former Illinois Attorney General Jim Ryan.
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