State Capitol: On what may be seen as the day that became the turning point of Illinois state government in an effort to finally pass a budget, the leadership of the Senate Republicans is also changing.
The senate Republican caucus selected Sen Bill Brady, of Bloomington-Normal, to be their new leader. Brady, who ran as the Republican candidate for governor in 2010 and narrowly lost the election to Pat Quinn, will be the only downstate lawmaker to serve as a leader of one of the four major caucuses.
Brady served in the House for eight years, before joining the Senate in 2002.
Brady, who just turned 56 in May, is married to wife Nancy, and is a grandfather. He has a long tenure as a small businessman.