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Why Bill Brady voted "present" on gambling bill

Wed, 06 Jun 2012 14:56:52 CDT
By: Charlie Schlenker

Late last week, State Senator Bill Brady voted present on a bill to expand gambling in Illinois. It's a curious non-vote that ISU political scientist Lane Crothers says could be related to Brady's future political plans. Crothers says Brady may well run again for Governor.

Brady lost a close race to Governor Pat Quinn in 2010. In that campaign he took criticism for voting in favor of a measure that would have helped a Champaign County housing development Brady partly owned. This time, the Bloomington Republican says he voted present on the gambling bill because he is part owner of a Danville hotel and Danville would be in line for a casino under the measure. Crothers says that explanation might also be accurate.

Crothers says, though, that the political dynamic in the state has not changed all that much since the last election, so it would be surprising if Brady were not thinking about a third run for the top executive office in Illinois.

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