WOODSTOCK– Fresh off his highest poll ratings against Gov. Pat Quinn, gubernatorial candidate Bill Brady paid McHenry County a visit Monday.
Brady, R-Bloomington, spoke to about 80 local business owners and community members at Woodstock North High School, answering questions about solving the state budget crisis to creating new jobs through a proposed tax credit.
“Balancing the budget is relatively simple,” Brady said. “Bottom line of it is, you can’t spend more than you have.”
Brady said if elected governor, he would target pension and Medicaid reforms. He also talked about his idea for a two-year, $3,750 tax credit for each new job created by a business – although parts of that plan would add even more to the state’s $13 billion budget deficit.
Joy Dembinski, a local business owner and tax accountant, said she was undecided on who she was voting for but wished Brady had addressed more how he and the state could help small businesses recover.
“A lot of the problems fall on federal law right now because of health insurance, unfortunately,” she said. “Everybody’s stressed in this small business world.”
But Frank Vavra – a McHenry County-area electrical contractor who recently was fined by the Illinois Department of Labor for breaking prevailing wage rules by not paying himself enough for a Gurnee job – called Brady “refreshing.”
“He’s got to be better than what we’ve got,” Vavra said, adding that he was continuing his fight against the state department.
According to a Rasmussen Reports poll released last week, Brady is earning 50 percent of likely voters’ support in the November gubernatorial race, while Democrat incumbent Quinn has 37 percent of the vote.
Green Party candidate Rich Whitney is earning 4 percent of the vote. Seven percent prefer another candidate, and 3 percent are undecided.
A survey of 750 likely voters in Illinois was conducted Sept. 12, with a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4 percent.
Quinn’s job approval rating stands at 35 percent.
Monday’s forum was organized by area Chambers of Commerce and the McHenry County Economic Development Corporation. The groups have been unsuccessful in scheduling Quinn to visit McHenry County.
The Chambers of Commerce do not endorse candidates.