All four Republican candidates for governor are pledging to live and work in Springfield. State Sen. Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) says by promising to move to the state’s capital, he’s fulfilling an obligation of the governorship, not encouraging any Downstate resentment towards the Chicago area.
“If you’re going to apply for a job, and the job is in Springfield, Ill., then you need to live and work in Springfield, Ill.,” Brady said. “That’s not playing up a rivalry, that’s just a fact.”
The state’s last two governors, Rod Blagojevich and Gov. Pat Quinn, have worked mostly in Chicago.
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State Treasurer Dan Rutherford also pledges to move to the capital, but says there has to be a balance between the rest of the state and Chicago.
“I’m going to be fair about it,” Rutherford said. “Yes, my residence will be the mansion in Springfield, and I’m going to use that facility to help make Illinois a better place. I’m going to be in the office in Chicago, but I’m not going to have it be a Chicago-centrist government.”