In a campaign that has focused almost exclusively on fiscal issues, the Republican candidates for governor agree that Illinois needs to do more to cut down on violent crime. State Senator Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale) says the solution to cutting down on violence, especially involving gangs, is for the courts to stick to stronger penalties for gun crimes supported by the General Assembly.
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“I take the crime in Illinois, whether it’s in Chicago or Cairo, very seriously,” Dillard said, “and our prosecutors and judges need to enforce the laws that are there.” Bringing the matter back around to fiscal concerns, State Treasurer Dan Rutherford thinks violence in any part of the state can drive away businesses and potential jobs. “Chicago does poorly or doesn’t look well, it reflects on every one of us all across the state of Illinois,” Rutherford said.
State Senator Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) believes the state needs help from the federal government, and particularly its U.S. Senators, to fight the state’s reputation as having the worst handgun violence in the country.