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To the editor:
Today (Thursday) was a critical and historic first
step toward returning trust, integrity and honor to Illinois. But
our work has just begun. We must begin rebuilding today, working
together with new leadership to repair the harm that has been done
to our state and our citizens.
I was pleased to be in the House chambers this evening and be
part of Gov. Quinn's inauguration. I'm certainly hopeful that Gov.
Quinn takes the charge to move our state in the right direction.
There are serious issues facing the state of Illinois.
One of the first hopes I have is that he will clearly lay out
that he will not raise taxes on Illinois families and businesses.
During these difficult economic times, the last thing we can afford
in the state of Illinois is, if not the fear of a tax increase, an
actual tax increase. Laying this out, I think, will lay the
groundwork for rebuilding Illinois' economy and helping create an
environment for business to want to make an investment in our state.
I also hope he works to trim state spending. We have had a
governor who has balanced the state of Illinois budget with a credit
card. We can no longer afford that. We have to shore up the systemic
problems of state spending and create an environment that the people
of Illinois know they can trust.
My remarks on the Senate floor to the impeachment tribunal, Jan.
"Today we have an opportunity to close a sad chapter in the
history book of Illinois. Today we cannot help but feel embarrassed.
We cannot also help but feel a little sense of pride in this great
state, the land which several decades ago brought us a great
president, the land which several terms ago brought us another great
president, the land which several years ago convicted a former
governor, the land which just a week ago inaugurated another
president from Illinois, and a land which over the last several
hours these past few days will convict and remove a governor from
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"Cycles are a part of life. Some of them we cannot avoid, others
we can. Corruption in this state is a cycle that we must learn to
avoid. Testimony we have heard today and over the last several days,
whether you be someone who questioned the ethics of this
administration, or someone who went along, must indicate to us that
things have to change.
"Although we're closing this chapter today, our work is not done.
We know from the evidence we heard that corruption still exists in
Illinois, and there are people in the state who also need to be
removed from their responsibilities. We know we need whistle-blower
laws and that we need to increase the standard in this state so that
nobody, no legislative body, has to be embarrassed the way we were
"Illinois is a state of great opportunity, and we have given
great things to this country and this world. We need to go back to
those reputations. We will, I believe, do the right thing today. But
our work is not over. We must work to preserve the integrity of this
I have audio and video comments on today's historic impeachment
actions posted at my government website,
Sen. Bill Brady
January 30, 2009]
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