Brady to launch bid for governor on Wednesday

2013-06-25T08:10:00Z 2013-06-25T16:09:37Z Brady to launch bid for governor on WednesdayPantagraph staff
June 25, 2013 8:10 am  • 

BLOOMINGTON — State Sen. Bill Brady of Bloomington, the 2010 Republican nominee for governor, will formally launch another run for the top job during a statewide tour Wednesday.

The announcement has been expected for months. Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn hasn’t formally entered the race but is expected to do so this summer.

On Wednesday, Brady will make stops in Chicago, Springfield, Marion and Bloomington, where he will address supporters at 6 p.m. at CJ’s restaurant, located at the former airport site at 2901 E. Empire St.

“With the right leadership, Illinois can grow and prosper again,” Brady said in a statement Tuesday.

Previously announced Republican candidates include state Treasurer Dan Rutherford of Pontiac and Chicago businessman Bruce Rauner. Announcements are expected from another Republican, state Sen. Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale, and from Quinn.

Democrat Bill Daley, former chief of staff to President Barack Obama and son and brother of two former Chicago mayors, also has announced. Democrat Attorney General Lisa Madigan is considering a run.

Quinn took office in 2009, elevated by the impeachment of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. He narrowly won election against Brady in 2010 by winning virtually all of the Chicago area.

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  1. Lottery Winner
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    Lottery Winner - June 06, 2014 4:23 pm
    Word on the street is that Pat Quinn will not be elected for Governor and he will NOT GET MY VOTE. Because of his lack of governing over reported Illinois Lottery fraud. Which should be a top priority.
  2. exrepub
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    exrepub - December 26, 2013 5:10 am
    And didn't Scott Brown get swept right back out? I like the lady who swept him out.
  3. exrepub
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    exrepub - December 26, 2013 5:09 am
    I don't know that they have to change the platform unless to indicate in it that all people are to be treated equally. That is a perfectly conservative stance because that is what the Bible indicates rulers are to do. Everyone including politicians have a right to the values they have. However, as a leader in a country with the Constitution we have, they must go by that Constitution. If they are unwilling to do that, maybe their job should be something else. And I get the idea anyway that many feel this is a fast way to a great pension and voila they get it. How many actually go into politics to change things? We know how that ends up.
  4. exrepub
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    exrepub - December 26, 2013 5:02 am
    Maybe without the mouth.
  5. exrepub
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    exrepub - December 26, 2013 5:01 am
    You know as many times as he has ran for this, or at least that is how it seems, it makes me wonder why he even wants the job and what has he done to demonstrate he would do anything to change anything. I don't think it matters if we have a republican or democrat. It won't until the people of Illinois decide it is time to fix our problem. I wish someone would count, and I guess Quinn needs to do this too, the number of suggestions Gov Quinn has made to cut spending and then list how many times he has been sued, or threatened to be sued because of those suggestion. . People just yell they don't want their stuff cut and then blame him for not cutting anything. It is starting to seem to me their isn't anything to cut. So that leaves only one thing and that is raising taxes. Oh but we know how all the hollering and distorting that's causes. Imagine if we get a 300% increase in taxes. We probably need at least a 40% which would be almost a 150% of the original tax. As usually people want to take, take, take but nobody wants to give, give, give. So then we just blame, blame, blame.
  6. Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill - June 26, 2013 8:30 am
    He had his chance and he could not beat the Gov. then and the chances he can beating him now will never happen. My vote is going to Dan.
  7. rrbpontiac
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    rrbpontiac - June 26, 2013 7:33 am
    Bill Brady just won't take NO for an answer. It is time for Rutherford..
  8. bsyl1996
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    bsyl1996 - June 25, 2013 10:38 pm
    Sometimes he is a no show. He asked us to drive our antique car behind him in a parade one year. He didn't show up so we just drove the car with his pictures on it. We were the butt of many jokes, but we just smiled and waved. In all fairness, he had two parades scheduled for the same day, and he chose his hometown one. I would vote for him anyway.
  9. Chadwick Snow
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    Chadwick Snow - June 25, 2013 7:37 pm
    Party membership is changing. Party leadership is not. Candidates still rely on the older, wealthier, leadership coupled with the socially conservative base. Change will take place but I think at a pace more slowly than you envision.You will continue to see selected candidates take bolder stands on a variety of social issues (libertarian bent) but it will be a while before they succeed at the national level. Kirk is a good example of a moderate candidate that was elected to statewide office, but he is being targeted as a RINO. Scott Brown is another more progressive Republican who was swept into office in 2010.
  10. Jose
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    Jose - June 25, 2013 5:39 pm
    Given that Dan has been a responsive, committed treasurer who actually stays in touch with people, it'd be a pleasure to vote for him.

  11. MyOhMy
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    MyOhMy - June 25, 2013 4:22 pm
    I know a lot of voters like me are suffering from 'Brady Fatigue'.
  12. ChubbyAlaskaGriz
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    ChubbyAlaskaGriz - June 25, 2013 2:22 pm
    Not so sure... national RNC evolves constantly- hardly a week goes by that some national GOP figure doesn't come forward or come out as supportive on any number of levels. And let's not forget- it was a mere months ago when even what Pat Brady had the courage to step forward and say would NEVER have been even an inkling in anyone's thought. This progress and corrective change is happening FAST. In ways it amazes me.
  13. Smartone
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    Smartone - June 25, 2013 2:17 pm
    This guy just won't go away. He is like the Palin nuisance fly, but without the lipstick.
  14. 12for10cents
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    12for10cents - June 25, 2013 1:09 pm
    All hail yosemitesam - The roughest, toughest hombre’ to ever cross the Rio Grande
  15. irishman
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    irishman - June 25, 2013 12:51 pm
    I think Dan R. could win it. He is at most of the parades!
  16. coldfiltered
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    coldfiltered - June 25, 2013 11:46 am
    Brady had his chance. It is time to move forward. I will be voting for Rutherford.
  17. Interested
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    Interested - June 25, 2013 11:20 am
    The entitlement group in Chicago saw to it the Dem won.
  18. Chadwick Snow
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    Chadwick Snow - June 25, 2013 10:06 am
    Do you think that Brady's position and that of the party in 2010 had something to do with a loser like Quinn being elected? I think a growing majority of the electorate disagree with your position, mailman17, and until the party changes they will continue to lose national and statewide elections.
  19. Chadwick Snow
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    Chadwick Snow - June 25, 2013 10:03 am
    I think you'll find that no minds have been changed. Candidates must be blessed by state party leaders. Remember what happened to Pat Brady when he came out in support of same sex marriage? Until the party leadership and platform change, the state and national Republican party will continue to experience the status quo on this issue.
  20. ChubbyAlaskaGriz
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    ChubbyAlaskaGriz - June 25, 2013 9:36 am
    Jose- I couldn't have said it better. Thank you for sparing me interaction w/ someone who so plainly refuses to see- and on purpose. The responses I was contemplating weren't nearly as eloquent as the one you offered. -kevin o.
  21. Jose
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    Jose - June 25, 2013 9:07 am
    When ALL people, regardless of sexuality, can enjoy the CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS of equality, privacy and personal autonomy, and freedom of expression and association, then ALL people will have LIBERTY.

    When a certain segment of the population is DENIED these rights, that is the same as a "different set of liberties", unless you consider DADT, discrimination in employment, housing, or in businesses and public places, or the suppression of free expression or privacy rights to be perfectly OK and RIGHT.
  22. yosemitesam
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    yosemitesam - June 25, 2013 8:57 am
    How many times must Brady lose in order to get the message? He is part of the problem not the solution..
  23. moderndaycowboy
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    moderndaycowboy - June 25, 2013 8:49 am
  24. ChubbyAlaskaGriz
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    ChubbyAlaskaGriz - June 25, 2013 8:47 am
    Does Brady still believe the state's gay citizens should be given a diff set of liberties than its straight citizens? Or has he changed and decided to enter into the 21st century yet? Because our state needs a leader not handicapped by aged decrepit archaic thinking. This gay conservative ain't holding his nose at the voting booth one more election cycle. There are options out there. Never again will I cast my vote for a conservative candidate who sees me as unequal to him. Are you LISTENING Bill Brady?
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