Bill Brady announces small business owner, former mayor as running mate

By WEEK Producer

September 17, 2013 Updated Sep 17, 2013 at 7:04 PM CDT

CHICAGO, Ill. -- Senator Bill Brady announced Tuesday that Maria Rodriguez, a small business owner and former suburban mayor in Lake County, will be his running mate for the 2014 gubernatorial election.

“Maria will bring a fresh perspective, a new ethic and a new energy to Springfield,” Brady said. "Together, we will set a new agenda for Illinois and chart a new direction toward greater financial security for our communities, for our state and for Illinois families."

Rodriguez served as mayor of Long Grove for eight years before deciding not to seek re-election earlier this year.

During her tenure as mayor, she also served as vice chairman of the Lake County Stormwater Management Commission and as a member of the Blue Ribbon Advisory Commission which devised the plan for the northern extension of Illinois Route 53.

Rodriguez is a University of Illinois at Chicago graduate and has been married to her husband for 33 years. They have three grown children.

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