SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP)–Republican candidate for Illinois governor Bill Brady says he was “insensitive” when he said out-of-work people don’t want jobs because they enjoy collecting unemployment benefits.
The state senator from Bloomington told The State Journal-Register Wednesday he “didn’t take into consideration there are a number of people out there looking for jobs who don’t want to be on unemployment.”
During a GOP gubernatorial debate Tuesday in Naperville Brady said unemployment benefits should be cut. He said Illinois provides out-of-work residents larger and longer benefits than most states.
He also said business leaders tell him they have trouble rehiring former workers because they are enjoying collecting unemployment insurance.
Brady is seeking the GOP nomination against state Sen. Kirk Dillard, businessman Bruce Rauner and Treasurer Dan Rutherford.