Illinois governor candidate Richard Irvin promises to repeal criminal justice reforms

Illinois governor candidate Richard Irvin promises to repeal criminal justice reforms

CHICAGO (TOC) — Calling crime an “epidemic,” Republican gubernatorial candidate and Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin laid out his plan to deal with it Wednesday.

Joined by regulation enforcement representatives who’re endorsing him for governor, Irvin continued his robust on crime rhetoric on the heels of a violent Memorial Day weekend the place 47 folks have been shot, 9 fatally, in Chicago.

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“We’ve a governor who needs to handcuff the police reasonably than handcuffing those that commit crimes,” Irvin stated. “Emboldening the very criminals who’re terrorizing our neighborhoods.”

Irvin, who’s in a decent battle with Darren Bailey within the Republican major, blamed Gov. JB Pritzker and Democrats for the sweeping felony justice reform act handed final yr, saying issues have to alter to make folks really feel secure.

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“Which means protecting money bail for violent criminals, banning nameless complaints towards police workplaces to wreck their careers, restoring felony homicide to carry killers accountable,” Irvin stated.

However whereas Irvin calls crime an epidemic, new statistics launched by the Chicago Police Division present that shootings are down 15.6% from the beginning of this yr via the tip of Could. Murders are down 7.7% in comparison with the identical 5 months final yr.

Irvin additionally discovered himself on the defensive about his current criticism of the FOID, or Firearm Proprietor’s Identification System, which he known as “damaged.”

That regardless of praising Pritzker when he signed a invoice in Aurora final August to broaden background checks, a transfer in response to requires gun reform after the mass taking pictures the Pratt manufacturing plant.

“These FOID card modifications have been, you recognize, that Pritzker talked about was not sufficient to transcend what we have to handle these points,” Irvin stated.

Irvin’s requires change might run into main issues in Springfield with Democrats controlling the Home and Senate. However he says he is labored throughout the political aisle earlier than, and would do the identical if elected governor. However first, he is bought to win the June twenty eighth major.

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