MOLINE - State Sen. Bill Brady hopes three is the magic number as he mounts his third campaign to become governor of Illinois.
The Bloomington Republican is in a tough primary campaign against state Sen. Kirk Dillard, venture-capitalist Bruce Rauner and state treasurer Dan Rutherford.
The winner of the Republican gubernatorial primary will face Gov. Pat Quinn in the November general election.
Sen. Brady first ran for governor in 2006 when he finished third in the Republican primary. In 2010, he won the primary by beating Sen. Dillard by 193 votes but lost narrowly to Gov. Quinn in the general election.
Speaking to the editorial board of The Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus on Monday, Sen. Brady said his run in 2010 helped him build a base to launch a new attack on Gov. Quinn. The 2010 campaign also gave him valuable insight his opponents lack, he said.
One of his big commitments, if elected, is to ensure Democrats don't backtrack on their promise to allow the state income tax increase passed in 2011 to expire, Sen. Brady said.
"I'm the only Republican who will not allow Democrats to renege on the tax cuts they promised," he said.
He also said he'd like to abolish the state's board of education and turn more control over schools to the local level.
Regional Offices of Education would work more closely with community colleges under Sen. Brady's plan, and he'd like students to have the option of leaving high school armed with an associate's degree.
Sen. Brady was on the commission that drew up a pension reform bill last year that is expected to save the state $145 billion over 30 years by cutting future benefits for retirees. Sen. Dillard voted against the bill, and Mr. Rutherford and Mr. Rauner have criticized it.
But Sen. Brady defended the legislation as the best option available given that Democrats hold power in Springfield, although he said he would have chosen to go further. Cost savings from the legislation will make it easier to argue for tax cuts next year, he said.
If elected, Sen. Brady said he would work to balance the state budget and put Illinois on a path toward abolishing the state income tax. He does not support a proposed increase in the state's minimum wage that is backed by Gov. Quinn.
Sen. Brady said he was open to looking at ways to make border areas such as the Quad-Cities more competitive with adjoining states by cutting taxes that can send consumers out of Illinois.
Today is Thursday, Aug. 21, the 233rd day of 2014. There are 132 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder. 1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire. 1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.