Bill Brady (Illinois senator)
|Running for Governor of Illinois|
|Date of primary||March 18, 2014|
|General election||November 4, 2014|
|Illinois State Senate District 44|
|2002 - Present|
|January 11, 2017|
|Years in position||13|
|Assistant Minority Leader|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 8, 2016|
|Illinois House of Representatives|
|1993 - 2000|
|Bachelor's||Illinois Wesleyan University (1983)|
|Date of birth||May 15, 1961|
|Place of birth||Bloomington, Illinois|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Elections
- 4 Campaign donors
- 5 Scorecards
- 6 District 44
- 7 Recent news
- 8 Personal
- 9 See also
- 10 External links
- 11 References
On June 27, 2013, Brady formally announced his third bid for the office of Governor of Illinois. He seeking the Republican nomination in the primary election on March 18, 2014. The general election took place November 4, 2014.
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
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
- 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
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|
Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.
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|
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 represents Illinois Senate District 44. District 44 includes the Greater Bloomington-Normal Region .
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Bill is married to Nancy Brady. They have three children and reside in Bloomington, Illinois.
- Summary, biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Profile at Wikipedia
- Campaign Contributions: 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002, 1998, 1996
- Bill Brady on Facebook
- Bill Brady on Twitter
- Bill Brady on YouTube
- Bill Brady on Flickr
- 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
- 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 State Board of Elections "Candidate List," December 5, 2011
- Illinois State Board of Elections, "Official 2012 Primary Results"
- Illinois State Board of Elections, “Official Vote - November 6, 2012 General Election,” accessed December 31, 2012
- 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 Opportunity Project, "The Project," accessed February 21, 2013
- Illinois Opportunity Project, Legislative Vote Card home page, accessed February 21, 2013
- "Illinois Chamber of * Commerce Committee, Illinois State Senate, Northeast Illinois Legislative District Maps, July 29, 2009
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