BLOOMINGTON - Over the weekend, GOP gubernatorial candidate Bill Brady boasted the support he received from ten different editorial writers on last week's pension reform plan in an email to his supporters. Brady, a state senator from Bloomington, was the only one of four GOP candidates that supported the plan, agreed upon by the state's top four legislative leaders.
State Senator Kirk Dillard (R-Burr Ridge) wanted more time to assess the plan's long term effects, State Treasurer Dan Rutherford (R-Pontiac) doubted the law's constitutionality and Chicago businessman Bruce Rauner criticized the plan as not reforming as much as needed.
One source dubbed Brady as "Churchillian," for being one of the 25 Republicans that supported the legislation which promises to save the state $160 billion over the next 30 years while preserving pensions for current employees and retirees. Another one of the 25 Republicans that supported the plan was Dillard's lieutenant governor teammate, State Rep. Jil Tracy (R-Quincy).
The public sector unions are expected to challenge the plan in court. Brady shared why he supported the plan in the following video featured on his website: