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Gubernatorial Comparison II

Gubernatorial Comparison II

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Governor Pat Quinn

Governor Quinn’s top priority is a first-class education for every student in Illinois. Governor Quinn supports a revenue increase to fund our schools – a one percent education surcharge to help local districts put more money into classrooms. Governor Quinn opposes vouchers and believes they violate the Illinois Constitution. Governor Quinn maintained funding for education, despite losing $1 billion in federal funding. Governor Quinn worked with the federal government to secure $415 million in additional education funding this year, saving 5,600 teacher positions.. Governor Quinn protected funding for MAP grants (need-based grants) for hundreds of thousands of eligible post-secondary students. Sheila Simon is an educator and will serve as point person on Education in the Quinn/Simon Administration. Governor Quinn and Sheila Simon have been endorsed by the Illinois Education Association.

Senator Bill Brady
Senator Brady opposes a tax increase, and support tax cuts for the rich and corporations, which will add $1 billion to the deficit. Senator Brady has proposed draconian budget cuts: $1.2 billion from P-12 education alone. His cuts will force 15,000 teacher layoffs and skyrocketing property taxes, as local districts try to make up the difference. Opposed Governor Quinn’s action to bring $415 million in federal funds to the state this year for our schools. Senator Brady voted against after-school, reading improvement and kindergarten preparedness programs for kids. Senator Brady supports vouchers, which take resources from already underfunded public education. Senator Brady supports teaching Creationism in public schools and would like to see the Bible and prayer play a larger role in public education. Senator Brady voted against grant programs to improve struggling schools. Senator Brady voted against banning corporal punishment in schools. Senator Brady voted twice against increasing penalties for guns near schools. Senator Brady voted three times against expanding school food programs for disadvantaged children. He even voted against allowing credit card rewards to be donated to schools! He has never met a public school he likes - just his red Porsche!

90% of the Illinois Budget involve public safety (police), Health care (poor children, seniors in poverty, and your grandmother's Medicaid), education (children) and Human Services (aid to handicapped, mentally Ill and mentally disadvantaged, the blind -- the "least among us" -- the marginalized)! Our State Budget is 24 Billion. Our deficit is 13 Billion. Brady wants to 'cut our way out of the deficit '!?! Cuts of 10% across education, Health care for your grandmother, help for the blind, handicapped, and mentally challenged and the police and prisons. Are you in favor of Senator Brady's heartless approach to the disadvantaged, the needy and children?

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