|Illinois State Senate District 44|
|2002 - Present|
|January 11, 2017|
|Years in position||12|
|Assistant Minority Leader|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||March 18, 2014|
|Next general||November 8, 2016|
|Illinois House of Representatives|
|1993 - 2000|
|Bachelor's||Illinois Wesleyan University (1983)|
|Birthday||May 15, 1961|
|Place of birth||Bloomington, Illinois|
- 1 Committee assignments
- 2 Elections
- 3 Campaign donors
- 4 Issues
- 5 Scorecards
- 6 Personal
- 7 See also
- 8 Recent news
- 9 External links
- 10 References
On June 27, 2013, Brady launched his third bid for election as Governor of Illinois. He ran on a ticket with Maria Rodriguez in the March 18 primary election and lost the Republican nomination to Bruce Rauner. 
Brady earned his Bachelor's in Political Science and Finance from Illinois Wesleyan in 1983. His professional experience includes working for his family's construction business.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Brady served on the following committees:
|Illinois Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Agriculture and Conservation|
|• Committee of the Whole|
|• Insurance, Minority Spokesperson|
|• State Government & Veterans Affairs|
|• Legislative Audit Commission|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Brady served on these committees:
|Illinois Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Committee of the Whole|
|• Insurance, Ranking Minority Member|
|• Pensions and Investments|
|• Legislative Audit|
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Brady served on these committees:
|Illinois Committee Assignments, 2009|
|• Insurance, Ranking Republican Member|
|• Pensions and Investments|
- See also: Illinois gubernatorial election, 2014
Brady ran for election as Illinois Governor in 2014. Brady sought the Republican nomination in the primary election on March 18, 2014 alongside his lieutenant gubernatorial running mate, Maria Rodriguez.
|Governor and Lt. Governor of Illinois, Republican Primary, 2014|
|Bill Brady & Maria Rodriguez||15.1%||123,109|
|Kirk Dillard & Jil Tracy||37.3%||304,094|
|Bruce Rauner & Evelyn Sanguinetti||40.1%||327,289|
|Dan Rutherford & Steve Kim||7.5%||61,609|
|Election Results Via:The Associated Press. Vote totals above are unofficial and reflect 100% precincts reporting.|
- Term limits:
- Brady said he is “quite amenable to term limits” on the entire General Assembly, but believes “it’s not realistic to put term limits on [only] legislative leaders.”
- Tax extension:
- ."..states that do not have an income tax are the states that are most fiscally sound and solvent."
- Corporate incentives:
- "Incentives have to be a win-win proposition. We have to make sure they’re a win for the state of Illinois as taxpayers and a win for the communities and workers."
- Progressive tax:
- "There’s probably nothing more important right now than delivering on that tax cut,” he said at the Republican gubernatorial debate held in February in Springfield’s Hoogland Center. “It’s the only way we’re going to rebuild our economy."
- School choice:
- “I have actually introduced a bill that would have given school choice to students and parents of schools that close in Chicago." When asked if he supported expanding the school choice pilot programs into other regions besides Chicago, Brady said, "Right now, I’m for those [in Chicago]. But I’m an advocate of school choice, yes." "I’ve always been a sponsor for big tuition tax credits for those who choose to send their children to private schools, and I’ve always been for and supported no caps on charter schools."
Current incumbent Pat Quinn, a Democrat who went from lieutenant governor to governor following Rod Blagojevich's 2009 impeachment, is facing re-election in 2014. Quinn ran for, and won, a full term in 2010 and is running for his second full four-year term. According to multiple outside ratings, Quinn is among the most vulnerable governors in the 2014 electoral cycle.
Quinn's 2010 running-mate and first term incumbent Lt. Gov Sheila Simon (D) announced in February 2013 that she would not run for re-election in 2014. Simon said she wanted to seek a new office that would allow her to have a "greater impact," and later declared her candidacy for state comptroller. Simon's thinly veiled swipe at the office's unsatisfactory "impact" potential was followed shortly thereafter by the Illinois House of Representatives' approval of a proposal seeking to eliminate the position of lieutenant governor altogether by constitutional amendment. In order for the measure to be passed, it must win approval of both the State Senate and Illinois voters. If the proposal is approved in a statewide public vote, the office will remain intact for one final term following the 2014 election. Quinn said he wanted “a people person” to replace Simon, and ultimately settled on former Chicago public schools chief Paul Vallas.
The 2014 electoral cycle marked the first time in Illinois history that candidates for the offices of governor and lieutenant governor ran on a single ticket in the primary election phase. Spurred by the 2010 election fiasco when Democratic nominee for lt. governor Scott Lee Cohen had to drop out of the race after being arrested on charges of steroid use and domestic battery, the new joint ticket rule was enacted to support the notion of a critical governor-lieutenant governor partnership. In theory, allowing governor hopefuls to hand pick their running mates for the primary would induce the campaigns to "better define their priorities for voters and cover more ground as election season gets underway."
As of April 2014, Illinois is one of 13 Democratic state government trifectas. The biggest threat to Quinn winning re-election, then, was expected to have come courtesy of his fellow Democrats, namely William "Bill" Daley, a past U.S. Commerce Secretary and White House chief of staff and attorney general Lisa Madigan. But by September 2013, Quinn had dodged both bullets: First, Madigan, who had been expected to enter the primary race, announced that she would instead seek re-election to her current post. After brief consideration, Daley, "a member of Chicago's first political family," for his relation to two of Chicago's longest-reigning mayors, abruptly withdrew his bid for the Democratic nomination after a promising first stretch. His departure marked a veritable coup for Quinn, whose bleak re-election prospects improved considerably in the absence of a strong primary challenge.
Quinn is the fifth out of a total of forty-six previous Illinois lieutenant governors to have succeeded to the governorship mid-term. As governor, Quinn has emphasized improving the state government's ethical standards and protecting public-sector labor unions. His tenure thus far has been marred by steep, deeply unpopular budget cuts and tax increases stemming from long-term state debt among other issues that have factored into his status among the least popular governors facing re-election in 2014.
Primary review, cross-party vote phenomenon
On September 3, individuals aiming to qualify for a slot on the March 2014 primary ballot began gathering signatures. The filing period for major party primary candidates ended on December 2, 2013, with only one Democrat, Tio Hardiman, filing to go up against Quinn. Candidates from the Republican end included state Sens. Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard, state treasurer Dan Rutherford and venture capitalist Bruce Rauner. Early polls showed Rutherford as the frontrunner for the GOP nomination, but Rauner rocketed ahead of the pack by November 2013 and maintained a 15-point average lead up to the March primary, which he won.
A newcomer to politics, Rauner achieved the name recognition he needed to overcome his more established opponents with the help of massive campaign contributions totaling nearly $14 million, including $6 million of his own money, the highest amount a candidate has ever spent on his own primary campaign for governor in Illinois.
Unofficial results from the March 18 primaries revealed some steep deviations from typical voting behaviors recorded in past elections. Based on the breakdown of votes in the Republican and Democratic gubernatorial primaries provided by the Chicago Tribune on election night, Ballot Access News analyzed what appeared to be a spectacularly low turnout of Democratic voters (438,112 votes) in the party's contested, albeit only nominally, primary. They detected that hundreds of thousands of Democratic voters must have taken advantage of the state's mixed-hybrid primary system to vote the Republican ballot instead of their own. Under Illinois' primary rules, voters can change parties each year but must declare a party affiliation at the polls. Depending on which party is chosen, the voter will then be counted as registered for that party. Voters may change party affiliation at polls or caucus.
The mass cross-over by Democrats was linked to one specific issue highlighted in this year's GOP governor's race: government employee unions. Most of the Democrats who participated in the Republican primary did so in order to ensure Kirk Dillard, who has sided with the unions in the state senate, would lose to Bruce Rauner, who has promised to curtail union influence.
In Illinois, the last time more votes were cast in the Republican than the Democratic gubernatorial primary was 1986; not since the 1940's have so few votes been cast in a Democratic gubernatorial primary election. Compared to the last five Illinois gubernatorial elections, there was no significant spike in Republican votes this year, indicating the trend reversal was caused by a tremendous drop in Democratic gubernatorial primary votes cast.
|Illinois Governor - 2014 Republican Primary|
|Poll||Bill Brady||Kirk Dillard||Bruce Rauner||Dan Rutherford||Undecided||Margin of Error||Sample Size|
|Capitol Fax/We AskAmericaPoll|
June 20, 2013
November 26, 2013
February 2-8, 2014
February 25, 2014
March 1-5, 2014
March 4, 2014
March 11, 2014
March 16, 2014
|Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to email@example.com|
- See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2012
Brady won re-election in the 2012 election for Illinois State Senate District 44. Brady was unopposed in the Republican primary on March 20 and was unopposed in the general election on November 6, 2012.
|Illinois State Senate, District 44, General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Bill Brady Incumbent||100%||82,542|
Run for Governor
- See also: Illinois gubernatorial election, 2010
|Governor and Lt. Governor of Illinois, 2010|
|Democratic||Pat Quinn & Sheila Simon Incumbent||46.8%||1,745,219|
|Republican||Bill Brady & Jason Plummer||45.9%||1,713,385|
|Independent||Scott Lee Cohen & Baxter Swilley||3.6%||135,705|
|Green||Rich Whitney & Don Crawford||2.7%||100,756|
|Libertarian||Lex Green & Ed Ruthledge||0.9%||34,681|
|2010 Race for Governor - Republican Primary|
|Adam Andrzekewski (R)||14.5%|
|Bill Brady (R)||20.3%|
|Kirk Dillard (R)||20.2%|
|Andy McKenna (R)||19.3%|
|Dan Proft (R)||7.7%|
|Jim Ryan (R)||17.0%|
|Robert Schillerstorm (R)||1.0%|
Brady based his run for Illinois governor on a promise to cut "a dime in every dollar" from the state budget. But with Illinois facing a $13 billion deficit, and an unfunded pension debt of over $90 billion there were questions as to how Brady could make those cuts. The GOP candidate said he would place some areas of Illinois' budget off limits, including public safety.
Gov. Pat Quinn countered Brady's plan for budget cuts by proposing an income tax increase. Quinn says his so-called 1% education surcharge will produce needed dollars. Brady said that plan is only a 33% income tax hike, and won't even raise enough money to erase the state's deficit.
Brady also tried to entice voters with the promise of "bringing jobs back to Illinois." The Republican from Bloomington said that the state has lost hundreds of thousands of jobs in the eight years that the Democrats have been in office. Brady's stump speeches often referred to a plan to bring those jobs back to the state.
Out of state Endorsements
Brady-Giuliani Part 1 (Q&A)
Bill Brady has garnered a lot of out of state attention. National republican groups have supported his campaign for the Illinois governor's mansion. Brady has also been endorsed by a handful of national GOP figures, including former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
Call for count
As of November 3, 2010, there was not a clear winner for the gubernatorial election in Illinois. Quinn had a small lead, with 99 percent of precincts reporting. Brady called for each individual vote to be counted, "even if it takes a month." On November 5, Brady conceded the race to Quinn.
|Illinois State Senate, District 44 (2008)|
|Bill Brady (R)||88,718|
Comprehensive donor information for Brady is available dating back to 1996. Based on available campaign finance records, Brady raised a total of $23,468,304 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 17, 2013.
|Bill Brady's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Illinois State Senate, District 44||$265,294|
|2008||Illinois State Senate, District 44||$606,687|
|2004||Illinois State Senate, District 44||$279,923|
|2002||Illinois State Senate, District 44||$287,112|
|1998||Illinois State House, District 88||$117,821|
|1996||Illinois State House, District 88||$92,825|
|Grand Total Raised||$23,468,304|
2012Brady won re-election to the Illinois State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Brady raised a total of $265,294.
|Illinois State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Bill Brady's campaign in 2012|
|Illinois Realtors Association||$6,590|
|State Farm Agents & Associates||$4,500|
|Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois||$4,500|
|Total Raised in 2012||$265,294|
|Source:Follow the Money|
2010Brady lost the election for the Illinois Governor in 2010. During that election cycle, Brady raised a total of $19,945,166.
|Illinois Governor 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Bill Brady's campaign in 2010|
|Republican Governors Association||$7,897,829|
|Pritzker, James N||$582,500|
|Illinois Manufacturers Association||$500,000|
|Illinois Republican Party||$495,839|
|Illinois Chamber of Commerce||$300,000|
|Total Raised in 2010||$19,945,166|
|Source:Follow the Money|
2008Brady won re-election to the Illinois State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Brady raised a total of $606,687.
|Illinois State Senate 2008 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Bill Brady's campaign in 2008|
|Brady, William (Bill)||$30,000|
|Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois||$7,000|
|Professional Independent Insurance Agents of Illinois||$6,900|
|Tate & Lyle||$6,705|
|Total Raised in 2008||$606,687|
|Source:Follow the Money|
2006Brady lost the election for the Illinois Governor in 2006. During that election cycle, Brady raised a total of $1,873,476.
|Illinois Governor 2006 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Bill Brady's campaign in 2006|
|Brady, William E (Bill)||$515,000|
|Kimball Hill Homes||$100,000|
|Hill, David K||$60,000|
|Total Raised in 2006||$1,873,476|
|Source:Follow the Money|
2004Brady won re-election to the Illinois State Senate in 2004. During that election cycle, Brady raised a total of $279,923.
|Illinois State Senate 2004 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Bill Brady's campaign in 2004|
|Illinois State Medical Society||$4,000|
|Illinois Home Builders Association||$4,000|
|Illinois Credit Union League||$3,950|
|Illinois Realtors Association||$3,900|
|Professional Independent Insurance Agents of Illinois||$3,600|
|Total Raised in 2004||$279,923|
|Source:Follow the Money|
2002Brady won election to the Illinois State Senate in 2002. During that election cycle, Brady raised a total of $287,112.
|Illinois State Senate 2002 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Bill Brady's campaign in 2002|
|Illinois Education Association||$15,000|
|Pliura, Tom & Pam||$7,000|
|Illinois Realtors Association||$5,589|
|Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois||$5,000|
|Total Raised in 2002||$287,112|
|Source:Follow the Money|
1998Brady won re-election to the Illinois House of Representatives in 1998. During that election cycle, Brady raised a total of $117,821.
|Illinois House of Representatives 1998 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Bill Brady's campaign in 1998|
|Professional Independent Insurance Agents of Illinois||$8,000|
|Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois||$4,300|
|Illinois Association of Hmos||$4,000|
|Illinois Manufacturers Association||$3,500|
|Cable Television & Communications Association of Illinois||$2,625|
|Total Raised in 1998||$117,821|
|Source:Follow the Money|
1996Brady won re-election to the Illinois House of Representatives in 1996. During that election cycle, Brady raised a total of $92,825.
|Illinois House of Representatives 1996 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Bill Brady's campaign in 1996|
|Illinois Education Association/I-Pace||$3,000|
|Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois||$2,500|
|Professional Independent Insurance Agents of Illinois||$2,500|
|Illinois Realtors Association||$2,295|
|Illinois Manufacturers Association||$1,500|
|Total Raised in 1996||$92,825|
|Source:Follow the Money|
State of the State response
In January 2014, Brady responded to Governor Pat Quinn's 2014 State of the State address and Quinn's agenda for a new building program for Illinois, new early childhood education initiatives, and a higher minimum wage. Brady criticized the speech for not outlining anything useful or new. “Pat Quinn is a guy who goes through the motions,” Brady said. “He doesn’t seem to get anything done. But he does go through the motions, I’ll give him that."
Illinois Opportunity Project
The Illinois Opportunity Project, "an independent research and public policy enterprise that promotes legislative solutions in advance of free markets and free minds," annually releases its Legislative Vote Card, grading all members in both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly on the basis of their support of "pro-growth economic policies that increase personal freedom and reign in expansive government."
Brady received a score of 100.00 out of 100 in 2012 for a grade of A+ according to the IOP’s grading scale. His score was tied for the highest among all 59 members of the Illinois State Senate included in the Vote Card.
Brady and his wife, Nancy, have three children.
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- Sen. Brady's website
- Biography, bills and committees at the 98th Illinois General Assembly
- Profile from Open States
- Summary, biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Profile at Wikipedia
- Campaign contributions at Follow The Money
- Collected news and commentary at The Huffington Post
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- Campaign Contributions: 2012, 2010, 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002, 1998, 1996
- Chicago Business, "Bill Brady hoping second time is gubernatorial charm," June 26, 2014
- The State Journal-Register, "Sen. Bill Brady announces 3rd bid for governor," June 25, 2013
- Illinois State Board of Elections, "Candidate list," December 3, 2013
- Bill Brady for Governor 2014 Official Campaign Website, "Homepage," accessed July 1, 2014
- "Illinois General Assembly" List of Illinois Senate Committees, July 28, 2009
- Illinois News Network, "No agreement on term limits among gubernatorial candidates," October 8, 2013
- Illinois News Network, "Tax extension not popular with candidates," February 10, 2014
- Illinois News Network, "Corporate incentives and the candidates," February 25, 2014
- Illinois News Network, "Gubernatorial candidates and the progressive tax," February 28, 2014
- Illinois News Network, "Gubernatorial candidates talk school choice," March 4, 2014
- Governing Politics, "2013-2014 Governor's Races: Who's Vulnerable?," December 11, 2012
- Chicago Tribune, "Simon will not run again for lieutenant governor," February 13, 2013
- Chicago Magazine, "What Happens After Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon Quits Pat Quinn’s Team," March 26, 2013
- The Chicago Tribune, "House votes to eliminate lieutenant governor post," April 12, 2013
- CBS Local - Chicago, "2014 Governor Candidates To Choose Running Mates," August 24, 2013
- Capitol Fax, "This just in… Lisa Madigan announces re-election bid," July 15, 2013
- Governing, "William Daley Considering Bid for Illinois Governor," December 21, 2012
- Chicagobusiness.com, "Daley files paperwork for governor run," June 10, 2013
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- New Jersey Herald, "Daley: Exit from race doesn't mean I couldn't win," September 17, 2013
- St. Louis Today, "Illinois Gov. Quinn 2nd least popular incumbent going into 2014," April 9, 2013
- CapitolFax.com, "Capitol Fax/We Ask America Poll - Poll shows Rauner movement," July 8, 2013
- Crain's Chicago Business, "How Bruce Rauner won the GOP primary," March 19, 2014
- Peoria Public Radio, "How the self-funding of Rauner's campaign is impacting the race for Governor," March 12, 2014
- Chicago Tribune, "Election Calendar, Primary Results," last updated March 18, 2014
- Ballot Access News, "Shockingly Low Turnout in Illinois Democratic Primary Suggests Many Democrats Voted in Republican Primary," March 20, 2014
- Illinois State Board of Elections "Candidate List," December 5, 2011
- Illinois State Board of Elections, "Official 2012 Primary Results"
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- Illinois State Board of Elections, "2010 General Election Official Vote Totals Book," december 8, 2010, accessed December 21, 2010
- NBC Chicago-WMAQ-TV-5" "It's Official: Brady Wins," March 5, 2010
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- "Brady talks cuts at state fair," Illinois Statehouse News, August 17, 2010
- "Brady, Quinn seeking public employee support," Illinois Statehouse News, October 7, 2010
- "Gov Candidates Talk Jobs on Tour of State," Illinois Statehouse News, August 31, 2010
- "Bill Brady: It’s Not Over," Illinois Statehouse News, November 3, 2010
- "Brady not ready to concede to Quinn," Chicago Sun-Times, November 3, 2010
- "Bill Brady: 30 Day Wait Likely To Get Total Vote Count for Gov’s Race," Illinois Statehouse News, November 3, 2010
- Chicago Tribune, "Republican Bill Brady concedes governor's race to Quinn," November 5, 2011
- Illinois Senate election results for 2008
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- WatchDog.org "Illinois governor lays out ambitious agenda, forgets to mention how to pay for it," accessed February 6, 2014
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- Illinois Opportunity Project, Legislative Vote Card home page, accessed February 21, 2013
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