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Bill Brady formally taps onetime Long Grove mayor as Lieutenant Governor

State Sen. Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) today formally announced he tapped onetime Long Grove Mayor Maria Rodriguez as his running mate.

Brady, who is locked in a four-way Republican primary race for governor said he would retool the Lt. Governor’s office that now has the reputation as a do-nothing job.

“Maria will bring a fresh perspective, a new ethic and a new energy to Springfield,” Brady said in a statement. “As a local government executive for eight years, she has a keen knowledge of the challenges facing communities throughout Illinois. Working with her husband in small business, she knows firsthand the effects that Illinois’ high taxes and overregulation have on attracting and maintaining small business jobs.”

Brady is the third Republican candidate to announce his Lt. Governor — the others are Kirk Dillard and Dan Rutherford. The other remaining is Bruce Rauner who is said to be a couple of weeks away from announcing his running mate.