Factchecking Bill Brady’s Debate Myths

In tonight’s debate, Bill Brady proved once again that he needs a full team of factcheckers to get him through a public speaking engagement.

Myth 1: Brady claimed he never said that there would be a ‘natural rise in property taxes’ from his education cuts.

Fact: Unfortunately for Senator Brady, it’s on tape. And Brady knows he said it because his plan to raise property taxes on Illinois families was widely reported around the state.

Myth 2: Brady claimed he opposed borrowing.

Fact: Last week he proposed borrowing $50 BILLION, a move that would saddle future generations with crippling debt.

Myth 3: Bill Brady said he’d fight for MAP grants for low-income college students, a program Pat Quinn saved.

Fact: Brady’s reckless education cuts would cut $130 million from our colleges, forcing tuition hikes that would turn our public universities into quasi-private institutions, and put a college education out of the reach of many students. Brady’s dime-on-every-dollar cuts will affect MAP grants, just as they will affect teachers in our school, police on our streets, and doctors in our public hospitals.

Myth 4: Bill Brady said he’d protect workers’ pensions.

Fact: Brady told the Chicago Tribune editorial board on 9/30, that if pension recipients weren’t willing to alter their pensions, he’d “sit down and simply say: if you don’t work with us here we’re not going to be able to meet the obligations that you’ve already earned.”

Myth 5: Bill Brady would have you believe Pat Quinn – our first honest Governor in 10 years – and Blagojevich were colluding.

Fact: Governor Quinn was so critical of Blagojevich and his tactics that the two had no working relationship, and hadn’t met in over a year before Blagojevich’s impeachment. Even the Senate GOP posted a 2008 Post-Dispatch story about Quinn telling Blagojevich to come clean:

Myth 6: Bill Brady claimed Pat Quinn’s cost-saving agreement with AFSCME was a ‘secret deal.’

Fact: There was no ‘secret deal’ – Governor Quinn implemented a fully-public plan to save taxpayers money. Pat Quinn secured $325 million in concessions from the state’s largest public employee union—more than any governor in our state’s history.

Myth 7: Bill Brady claimed once again that he’s not a career politician.

Fact: While it’s true that Brady has few legislative accomplishments, 17 years in the Legislature, is a career, even if it’s not a very illustrious one.”

Mica Matsoff, Quinn Campaign Spokesperson

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