Republican Gubernatorial candidate Bill Brady today stood with Reverend Senator James Meeks (D-Chicago) and Pastor Larry Roberts, Sr. to support an agreement to build a new Wal-Mart in the Pullman neighborhood. Brady said the agreement would result in thousands of new jobs, more consumer choices, and boost much needed tax revenues for Illinois.
Brady last year introduced legislation that would prevent municipalities from blocking the construction of such stores, and previously visited with local officials in the Chatham neighborhood in support for a new Wal-Mart there.
"I've supported this proposal from day one because it means thousands of both union and non-union jobs for communities that desperately need them -- and for consumers who deserve them," Brady said.
"Estimates show this proposal could result in almost 10,000 new jobs, and $500 million in sales and property tax revenues for Illinois. I was encouraged to hear Mayor Daley yesterday voice his strong support for this proposal, and join everyone here today in urging the zoning board to approve it," Brady said.
"With record high unemployment, state government should be doing every single thing it can to promote job growth. I don't believe our Governor is fighting hard enough for this community, and for other food deserts."
"That's one of the greatest differences between myself and Governor Quinn -- I believe Illinois needs real and permanent jobs -- not just temporary jobs that go away when federal funds dry up. If it weren't for the Mayor, and for leaders like those here today, this proposal would never have gotten off the ground."
Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) is a small business owner who has represented his community as state Senator since 2002. He is running for governor to bring a clean break to Illinois and build a job-growing environment.