Bill Brady

Sam Dunklau / NPR Illinois

With time against them, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner and top leaders met again Tuesday morning to talk about adopting a budget before next month. But – there is some disagreement between leaders about just how helpful these meetings have been.

Republican leaders say they’d like for Democrats to speed up their negotiations and offer a revenue estimate. They say without one, budget negotiators are left in the dark about how much money there is to spend and can’t continue with helpful discussions.

Veto Override Removes One School Funding Hurdle

Feb 1, 2018
Dusty Rhodes / NPR Illinois

Less than an hour before Gov. Bruce Rauner was scheduled to deliver his State of the State address, lawmakers in the House and Senate voted to override his veto of a small, technical school funding bill necessary to implement the massive school funding reform that Rauner has listed as his main accomplishment.

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A day after Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno announced she was stepping down, the caucus has chosen a new leader.

Bill Brady, R-Bloomington, will be the next Senate minority leader.

Radogno says the ultimate decision was unanimous, though Brady did initially have competition.

Brady emerged as an ally of Gov. Bruce Rauner this spring. He took an active role in pushing for more concessions from Democrats in the so-called “grand bargain" negotiations.

Another Potential Candidate Surfaces For 18th District Seat

Mar 26, 2015
State of Illinois

Bloomington Construction Company owner Ed Brady may run for Congress in the 18th District. The seat will be vacant at the end of the month with the resignation of Representative Aaron Schock of Peoria.

Governor Bruce Rauner has until April 5th to announce a special election schedule. Ed Brady says he will make a final decision whether to run after the election is scheduled.

GOP Candidates Pledge Party Unity In Gubernatorial Race

Feb 12, 2014

Treasurer Dan Rutherford appears willing to support his party no matter what. That's as he maintains another candidate for governor is trying to take him down.

During a debate in Chicago last month, Rutherford -- along with the other Republican candidates for governor in attendance -- made a pledge.

To support whomever ends up being the nominee.

Though venture capitalist Bruce Rauner wasn't there, his spokesman says he'll do the same.

But since that debate, the dynamic of the race has changed.

Rauner Gets Major Boost In Fundraising

Nov 23, 2013
BruceRauner.com

Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner continues to rake in major contributions since he lifted Illinois' new campaign finance cap last week.   While Rauner's opponents are freed from caps as well, he's the been the only one to get such major, and immediate, benefit.

State filings show Illinois' richest man, Ken Griffin, pitching in $250,000 to Rauner's campaign.

It's the second time this week Rauner received a donation worth a quarter of a million dollars. 

Previously, those donors could have only give two-percent as much.