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Revision as of 16:42, 9 December 2011
|Illinois State Senate District 44|
|2002 - Present|
|January 12, 2013|
|Years in position||12|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2008|
|Next general||November 6, 2012|
|Illinois House of Representatives|
|1993 - 2000|
|Bachelor's||Illinois Wesleyan University (1983)|
|Birthday||May 15, 1961|
|Place of birth||Bloomington, Illinois|
From 1993 to 2000, Brady represented Illinois' 88th District in the state House of Representatives. In 2002, he received a Senatorial appointment and has sat in the legislature for the 44th District ever since. His first run at the governorship, in 2006, ended early when he placed third in the Republican primary. In 2010, he won by less than 200 votes.
Born in Bloomington, Illinois, Bill Brady grew up playing football and wrestling at Central Catholic High School. Along with his two brother, Bill began his own business growing and selling Christmas trees. Brady graduated with his Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and Finance from Illinois Wesleyan in 1983. He shelved plans for law school and returned to Bloomington to help out the family construction business.
Along with his wife, Nancy, Bill still runs Brady Homes, which specializes in home construction. Additionally, he owns several business, including a motel and a realtor, and has an interest in a minor league football team. His sizable persona wealth has been a target of Democrats during his campaign.
The Brady's have three children, the youngest of whom is in middle school.
- Illinois Wesleyan University, B.A., 1983
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Brady has been appointed to these committees:
- Committee of the Whole, Illinois Senate
- Energy Committee, Illinois State Senate
- Environment Committee, Illinois State Senate
- Executive Committee, Illinois State Senate
- Insurance Committee, Illinois State Senate, Ranking Minority Member
- Pensions and Investments Committee, Illinois State Senate
- Legislative Audit Commission
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Brady served on these committees:
- See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2012
Brady is running for re-election to the Illinois State Senate in District 44 in the 2012 election. Brady is running unopposed in the Republican primary on March 20, 2012. The general election takes place on November 6, 2012.
Run for Governor
- See also: Illinois gubernatorial election, 2010
Brady's campaign states that he raised $3.6 million since January. Brady's camp had $2.3 million of that in the bank as of June 30.
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|
In 2008, Brady collected $606,687 in donations.
Listed below are those that contributed most to his campaign.
|Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois||$7,000|
|Professional Independent Insurance Agents of Illinois||$6,900|
|Tate & Lyle||$6,705|
|Luhr Bros Inc.||$6,000|
|Illinois Realtors Association||$5,700|
|Illinois Credit Union League||$5,450|
|DLE Consulting Group||$5,315|
|George Obernagel III||$5,000|
|Rural King Supply||$5,000|
|R. Buster LLC||$5,000|
|Unicare Life & Health Insurance||$5,000|
|Construction Co. of Southern Illinois LLC||$5,000|
Brady represents Illinois Senate District 44. District 44 includes the Greater Bloomington-Normal Region .
Bill is married to Nancy Brady. They have three children and reside in Bloomington, Illinois.
- Official 2010 Gubernatorial Campaign Website
- Sen. Brady's website
- Biography from the Illinois General Assembly
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002, 1998, 1996
- Bill Brady on Facebook
- Bill Brady on Twitter
- Bill Brady on YouTube
- Bill Brady on Flickr
- "Illinois General Assembly" List of Illinois Senate Committees, July 28, 2009
- Illinois State Board of Elections "Candidate List," December 5, 2011
- NBC Chicago-WMAQ-TV-5" "It's Official: Brady Wins", March 5, 2010
- Illinois Statehouse News, "Quinn, Brady Cash Dash Unique," July 20, 2010
- "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
- Brady Campaign Donors
- "Illinois Chamber of * Commerce Committee, Illinois State Senate, Northeast Illinois Legislative District Maps, July 29, 2009
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