Brady, a state senator from Bloomington, made an appearance at the
Illinois State Fair on Tuesday to show his support for statewide
The state is facing a record $13 billion
budget deficit and about $6 billion in unpaid bills to vendors.
Brady said Quinn has not managed the budget deficit.
"It's the responsibility of the governor to balance the budget.
Gov. Quinn has failed to do that. He made promises last year he did
not live up to. He's making promises this year that he seems to not
be living up to," Brady said.
But when asked what kind of specific cuts he would make to state
government, Brady said he first wanted a full state audit from the
state auditor general, Bill Holland.
"As governor, I will balance the budget. I've suggested that
that's at least eliminating a dime in every dollar (of state
spending). Now let's face it, much of it will come from fraud,
waste, misuse and mismanagement," he said.
Brady continued to link Quinn with Rod Blagojevich, former
running mate and governor. State lawmakers voted to remove
Blagojevich from office in January 2009 after he was arrested by
federal agents in December 2008.
Blagojevich, who was in federal court facing two dozen charges,
was found guilty of one charge, lying to federal agents, on Tuesday
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Quinn was scheduled to make two appearances at the Illinois State
Fair late Tuesday afternoon but canceled both appearances. A
spokeswoman did not provide a reason for the cancellation.
Quinn is scheduled to make an appearance with previous state
governors at the state fair on Wednesday, "Governor's Day" at the
fair. Other top state Democrats also will likely make appearances.
GOP members will have their say on Thursday, "Republican Day,"
when Brady and top state Republicans will canvass supporters.
Statehouse News; By KEVIN LEE]