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Brady Holds "Citizen Summit' in Western Suburbs

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Learns Illinois residents' concerns during "Citizen Summit" in Addison

Senator Bill Brady, Republican Candidate for Governor, hosted a listening tour in west suburban Addison this afternoon. Dozens of Illinois residents turned out to express their concerns about state government, a majority of whom said they were worried about Illinois' fiscal crisis.

"Illinois residents are right to be concerned," said Brady, a downstate businessman. "Over the last eight years, Democrats have driven our state deeper into debt. And now, Governor Quinn wants to borrow against the future to pay for the past. Illinois needs a Governor with fiscal discipline who will get our state back to living within its means, like so many families and businesses have had to do."

Residents at the Citizen Summit said they were also concerned about Illinois' increasing unemployment rate.

"Illinois is one of the largest out-migration states in the nation," said Brady. "Our state has lost 250,000 jobs in the last 12 months under Governor Quinn's leadership alone. That's unacceptable. We need to create a climate that encourages businesses to both invest in creating new opportunity in Illinois, and maintain existing employment."

Senator Brady also took questions about taxes, healthcare and government reform during the hour long summit. Some residents wanted to know how he planned to clean up the culture of greed and corruption in Illinois.

"I want to make Illinois a state we can be proud to live again," said Brady of Bloomington. "That is why I am proposing term limits, campaign contribution caps and legislative redistricting where maps are drawn by a computer. We need to represent the interests of the people, not the politicians."

This was the one of dozens of Citizen Summits Senator Brady will host throughout Illinois in the coming weeks.

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