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|Quinn & Brady Debate Education
|The two candidates for governor squared off over education this week.
Democratic Governor Pat Quinn and State Senator Bill Brady (R-Bloomington), the Republican candidate for governor, participated in an hour-long debate at the Illinois Education Association's annual meeting. Their answers on education mirrored those given during the many debates during the primary race.
The two were asked about handling the state budget crisis without disrupting education. Quinn explained the need for a tax increase specifically earmarked for education that would bring in roughly $2.8 billion. Brady explained the need for budget cuts at all state levels including education but emphasized letting the school districts determine how to best balance their budgets.
On pensions, Quinn is for a two-tiered pension system, with current teachers maintaining their current benefits with new hires earning a pension system more in line with other public employees. Brady believes that current teachers should maintain their pensions but believes new hires should be enrolled in 401K plans.
At one point, Quinn made a personal attack on Brady's home building business, which was forced to lay off workers because of the poor economy. Quinn told the crowd of roughly 1,100 "that's not a very good record of job creation."
Asked about the comment after the event, Brady says Quinn's campaign is taking the low road with the personal attacks while his campaign will continue to take the high road.
"I guess we're going to have to get used to the personal attacks," Brady said.
(Illinois Radio Network)
|03 19 10 by Newsroom
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