Brady Announces Third Bid For Governor

Jun 27, 2013

State Sen. Bill Brady, R-Bloomington, takes questions from reporters June 26, 2013, at Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport in Springfield.
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State Sen. Bill Brady on Wednesday formally announced a third bid to be the governor of Illinois.

The Bloomington Republican says he isn't giving up on Illinois despite the state's serious fiscal challenges. He also says he'll veto any attempt the extend the 2011 tax increase, which is scheduled to begin rolling back in 2015.

Brady says he learned a lot about appealing statewide since 2010, when he narrowly emerged as the Republican primary victor. Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn defeated him by less than one percent of 3.6 million votes.

Brady joins an already crowded 2014 Republican field. Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford of Chenoa and Chicago businessman Bruce Rauner both have already announced bids in the March 8 primary, and state Sen. Kirk Dillard has also indicated he's running.