Pat Brady: Illinois people fed up with political party bashing

Former Illinois Republican chairman Pat Brady told WJBC’s Scott Laughlin people are fed up with both political sides bashing each other for over a decade. (WJBC File Photo)


By Neil Doyle

BLOOMINGTON – As a new Governor and lawmaking body take office in Illinois, former GOP chairman Pat Brady is advising both political sides to work together.

Brady says Republicans and Democrats have bashed each other for over a decade creating a political civil war in the state.

“It started with the Democrats, Rod Blagojevich and Mike Madigan, then Gov. Bruce Rauner against House Speaker Madigan,” said Brady.  “I think most people are just kind of fed up with the blame game and are asking what can we do to move this forward.”

Even with a Democratic supermajority, Brady told WJBC’s Scott Laughlin leaders on both sides should be able to come together.

“This state is not to far right or left, it’s a pretty centrist state.  I think there is an opportunity for Speaker Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton to work with Republican leaders Jim Durkin and Bill Brady to get something done.”

The 101st General Assembly takes office Wednesday and Gov.-elect JB Pritzker’s inauguration is Monday.

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