Brady launches bid for governor

March 2, 2009 3:55:27 PM PST
State Senator Bill Brady launched his campaign on Monday, vowing not to raise taxes. It will be the second time around for Brady who finished third in a field of four Republicans in the 2004 primary. Once again, he is positioning himself as the "no new taxes" conservative. He is putting that political label on himself now in the belief that it will pay huge dividends later this year when a state tax increase is a real possibility.

"Illinois needs a governor who will build a better state for the families of Illinois," said Sen. Bill Brady, (R) Bloomington.

The 47-year-old Brady who made his fortune building homes in downstate Bloomington says Illinois needs a governor who will re-construct state government which he says the Blagojevich administration has devastated.

""Unfortunately we've set records in debt, in corruption, in job loss. We need to change that trend," said Brady.

The conservative Brady's economic development plan repeats a theme he used unsuccessfuly in 2004.

"We will lower taxes and fees. Illinois must be a competitive arena for business to thrive in," said Brady.

Brady's promise comes as state government tries to fill a projected $9 billion budget deficit. Incumbent democrat Governor Pat Quinn who still hasn't announced whether he'll run in 2010 was skeptical of any pledge to lower taxes and fees.

" I think we've got to pay our bills in Illinois. We have a $9 billion deficit and it's growing every day," said Gov. Pat Quinn, (D) Illinois.

And the state's treasurer, a self-described possible candidate for the U.S. Senate next year questioned the responsibility of a candidate who would suggest that program cuts alone will solve the budget crisis.

" I think it's important and it's irresponsible to not even discuss revenue enhancements," said Illinois Treasure Alexi Giannoulias, (D).

But Brady insists Illinois could find the $9 billion or more than needs to balance its budget without one dime of new taxes.

"We cannot tax our way out of this problem. We have a systemic problem with spending. We've got to deal with the systemic problems and that means living within our means," said Brady.

On Monday, Governor Quinn said his first priority will be to cut any un-necessary spending out of the budget before considering any tax increase. Quinn's budget address is scheduled for March 18.