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State Senator Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) and State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) during the post-tour meeting at Monical's Pizza in Centralia

Candidate For Governor, Bill Brady, Visits Murray Center

By Rob Sussman, WJBD News

Another Candidate for the Governorship of Illinois visited the Murray Developmental Center on Thursday. Republican State Senator Bill Brady of Bloomington visited the Centralia facility just weeks after the conclusion of a three-day hearing before a Federal Judge in Chicago over whether or not to grant a temporary injunction to keep the Murray Center open.

Brady toured the facility with State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville), one of the area politicians leading the fight against the closure of the Murray Center. At a post-tour meeting with the Murray Parents Association, Brady affirmed his commitment to keep Murray Center open if he takes the states highest office in November.

"You've got to keep up the fight--and in one year, maybe you will be able to quit the fight" Brady said, "as a state senator and candidate for Governor, I am committed to keeping Murray Center open."

Brady called the care Murray Center residents receive at the center as "heartwarming" and blamed a "Chicago/Southern Illinois" disparity for the perceived indifference shown by Governor Quinn to the struggles of Murray Center parents and residents. 

When asked what he would if Murray Center hypothetically closed before he could take office, Brady answered that he would reopen the center if it had not already been sold or torn down. However, Brady remained optimistic that Federal Judge Marvin Aspen would grant the preliminary injunction when he rules on the case in early March.

The March primary election will pit Brady against three other Republican Challengers, including State Senator Kirk Dillard, State Treasurer Dan Rutherford, and Venture Capitalist Bruce Rauner. All three of his republican opponents also oppose the closure of Murray Center.

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