Bill Brady (Illinois senator)

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Bill Brady
Bill Brady.jpg
Current candidacy
Running for Governor of Illinois
Date of primaryMarch 18, 2014
General electionNovember 4, 2014
Current office
Illinois State Senate District 44
In office
2002 - Present
Term ends
January 11, 2017
Years in position 13
Assistant Minority Leader
Base salary$67,836/year
Per diem$111/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Illinois House of Representatives
1993 - 2000
Bachelor'sIllinois Wesleyan University (1983)
Date of birthMay 15, 1961
Place of birthBloomington, Illinois
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Bill Brady (b. May 15, 1961) is a Republican member of the Illinois State Senate. Brady has served in the Illinois Senate since 2002 and was re-elected in November of 2008 with his term expiring in 2013. Brady was one of a handful of Republican candidates for Governor in the 2010 election. Brady also served in the Illinois House of Representatives from 1993 to 2000.

On June 27, 2013, Brady formally announced his third bid for the office of Governor of Illinois.[1][2] He seeking the Republican nomination in the primary election on March 18, 2014. The general election took place November 4, 2014.[3]


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

Committee assignments


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:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Brady served on these committees:[4]



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.[5][6][7]

Illinois State Senate, District 44, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBill Brady Incumbent 100% 82,542
Total Votes 82,542


Run for Governor

See also: Illinois gubernatorial election, 2010

Bill Brady was declared the Republican Party nominee for Governor on March 5, 2010 by the Illinois Board of Elections[8]. The official tally had Brady winning by 192 votes[8].


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.[9]


Brady based his run for Illinois governor on a promise to cut "a dime in every dollar" from the state budget. [10] 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. [11]

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.[12]

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."[13][14][15] On November 5, Brady conceded the race to Quinn.[16]


On November 4, 2008, Republican Bill Brady won re-election to the Illinois State Senate District 44 receiving 88,718 votes.[17]

Illinois State Senate, District 44 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Bill Brady (R) 88,718

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2008, Brady collected $606,687 in donations.[18]

Listed below are those that contributed most to his campaign.

Donor Amount
Bill Brady $30,000
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
Joseph Beatty $5,000
Rural King Supply $5,000
R. Buster LLC $5,000
William Oelze $5,000
Unicare Life & Health Insurance $5,000
Elmer Oelze $5,000
Rocco Martino $5,000
Kenneth Maschhoff $5,000
Kimberly Oelze $5,000
Construction Co. of Southern Illinois LLC $5,000
Marion Oelze $5,000


Illinois Opportunity Project

See also: Illinois Opportunity Project's Legislative Vote Card

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."[19][20]


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.[20]

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District 44

Brady represents Illinois Senate District 44. District 44 includes the Greater Bloomington-Normal Region [21].


Bill is married to Nancy Brady. They have three children and reside in Bloomington, Illinois.

External links

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  1. Chicago Business, "Bill Brady hoping second time is gubernatorial charm," June 26, 2014
  2. The State Journal-Register, "Sen. Bill Brady announces 3rd bid for governor," June 25, 2013
  3. Bill Brady for Governor 2014 Official Campaign Website, "Homepage," accessed July 1, 2014
  4. "Illinois General Assembly" List of Illinois Senate Committees, July 28, 2009
  5. Illinois State Board of Elections "Candidate List," December 5, 2011
  6. Illinois State Board of Elections, "Official 2012 Primary Results"
  7. Illinois State Board of Elections, “Official Vote - November 6, 2012 General Election,” accessed December 31, 2012
  8. 8.0 8.1 NBC Chicago-WMAQ-TV-5" "It's Official: Brady Wins", March 5, 2010
  9. Illinois Statehouse News, "Quinn, Brady Cash Dash Unique," July 20, 2010
  10. "Brady talks cuts at state fair," Illinois Statehouse News, August 17, 2010
  11. "Brady, Quinn seeking public employee support," Illinois Statehouse News, October 7, 2010
  12. "Gov Candidates Talk Jobs on Tour of State," Illinois Statehouse News, August 31, 2010
  13. "Bill Brady: It’s Not Over," Illinois Statehouse News, November 3, 2010
  14. "Brady not ready to concede to Quinn," Chicago Sun-Times, November 3, 2010
  15. "Bill Brady: 30 Day Wait Likely To Get Total Vote Count for Gov’s Race," Illinois Statehouse News, November 3, 2010
  16. Chicago Tribune, "Republican Bill Brady concedes governor's race to Quinn," November 5, 2011
  17. Illinois Senate election results for 2008
  18. Brady Campaign Donors
  19. Illinois Opportunity Project, "The Project," accessed February 21, 2013
  20. 20.0 20.1 Illinois Opportunity Project, Legislative Vote Card home page, accessed February 21, 2013
  21. "Illinois Chamber of * Commerce Committee, Illinois State Senate, Northeast Illinois Legislative District Maps, July 29, 2009
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