The senator and his wife, Nancy, met voters in a park then shopped in a green farmers market.
Brady told ABC7 Chicago he offers a sharp contrast to the Democratic nominee, Gov. Pat Quinn.
"We can't afford a politician-- a governor particularly-- who's more focused on politics than in preserving and protecting jobs in Illinois. So, we're gonna stay focused on what we know needs to be done. We know we can't afford Governor Quinn's tax increases. We need revenues, but that will come by keeping and bringing jobs to Illinois," Brady said.
Governor Quinn campaigned in downstate Carmi Saturday and announced that the town's now-closed hospital will reopen, thanks to a $3 million grant from the Illinois "Jobs Now" program.