BGA’s Shaw: Gov Debate Lacked Substance

CHICAGO (WBBM) — Following the latest debate in the race for Illinois governor, the head of a civic watchdog group says there wasn’t much substance from either candidate on key issues facing the state.

Andy Shaw, head of the Better Government Association, told Newsradio 780 this morning that neither Democratic Governor Pat Quinn, nor his Republican challenger Bill Brady, said anything to reassure voters “that they’re up to the task of dealing with the fiscal meltdown” facing Illinois.

Shaw says that’s “extraordinary troubling” because the state is on the verge of bankruptcy. Shaw says neither candidate provided any solid answers.

LISTEN: Andy Shaw’s Debate Analysis


Both candidates stuck to familiar broad themes
, but didn’t drill down into specifics about how they would solve the fiscal crisis facing the state.

Quinn continually talked about his success in creating jobs in Illinois.

“I understand what jobs are all about,” he said. “We have to recover the economy. We inherited a terrible recession from George Bush but we are on the comeback trail.”

Brady accused Quinn of squandering and misspending, and said if he was elected governor, he’d call for a state audit.

“In addition to a dime for every dollar, I’m calling for a business audit completed by the auditor general so we can make transparent where state money is going,” said Brady.

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