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Ill. Repub.: Won't Focus on Social Issues

Ill. Repub.: Won't Focus on Social Issues


Illinois governor Pat Quinn (pictured, right) is highlighting challenger Bill Brady's socially conservative stances, including opposition to gay rights, in campaign ads -- but Brady (pictured, left) says he will focus on economic issues if elected.

Brady, as a Republican state senator, has proposed amending the Illinois constitution to deny gay couples marriage rights and has also opposed civil unions, but he now says that if the state enacts a civil unions bill under Quinn, he would not seek to repeal it. Quinn, a Democrat, last week said passage of the bill is likely before year end, and he has pledged to sign it.

Brady made his remarks Monday to the Daily Herald, a newspaper in suburban Chicago, which has endorsed him. "I have my personal beliefs. ... We all have our personal beliefs," he said. "My agenda is about rebuilding Illinois' economy and bringing integrity back to the government." An opponent of abortion rights, Brady did say he would enforce a law requiring parental notification for minors seeking abortions. The law, passed in 1995, has been challenged in court and never enforced.

The Chicago Sun-Times has endorsed Quinn, saying he "lives in the real world" while Brady "lives in an ideological box that shuts out real people and real pain." The Chicago Tribune endorsed Brady on the basis that he would stand up to state "power brokers."

Read a Huffington Post analysis of the race here.

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