State Sen. Bill Brady, a candidate for the Republican nomination for governor, said voters have grown weary of Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn’s populist actions and want a leader who will “deal with reality.”
Brady, a Bloomington Republican who lost the 2010 general election to Quinn, also said he backs giving state tax breaks to agricultural processor Archer Daniels Midland to move its corporate headquarters to Chicago from its current base in Decatur.
Quinn, seeking his second elected term as governor next year, has said he will not back actions to help ADM move its headquarters until lawmakers deal with Illinois’ worst-in-the-nation unfunded public employee pension liability.
ADM is seeking $24 million in state assistance over 20 years.
“We have to face reality. We can’t be populist in this. The reality is because the governor has raised taxes so high, there are other alternatives (for ADM to relocate) out there,” Brady said in an interview on WGN-AM.
Brady is one of four major candidates for the Republican nomination for governor. Also seeking the nomination are state Sen. Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale, who narrowly lost to Brady 4 years ago, state Treasurer Dan Rutherford of Chenoa and wealthy businessman Bruce Rauner.