GOP Illinois governor candidate Richard Irvin critical of Pritzker's stance on crime

Richard Irvin
GOP Illinois candidate Richard Irvin speaking May 9, 2022. Photo credit Craig Dellimore

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) - Republican candidate for Illinois governor Richard Irvin came to downtown Chicago Wednesday to talk about ending the surge in violent crimes that has been scaring people across the city and state.

Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin wanted to highlight that more than 50 people were shot in Chicago over the Memorial Day weekend and touted his own city, Illinois’ second largest, as one of the safest in the state. He laid the atmosphere for violence at the feet of Democratic officials.

“We have a governor who wants to handcuff the police rather than handcuffing those who commit crimes, embolding the very criminals who are terrorizing our neighborhoods,” Irvin said.

Flanked by law enforcement officials including Chicago Police Union President John Catanzara and Kendall County Sheriff Dwight Baird, Irvin said he would reverse the anti-police direction of the state if elected governor.

“...That means keeping cash bail for violent criminals, banning anonymous complaints against police officers to ruin their careers, restoring felony murder to hold killers accountable,” said Irvin.

But while the Aurora Mayor talked about attacking crime head on, he sidestepped questions about police accountability and misconduct.

“No one working in government or public service is beyond reproach. No agency is perfect. We should all strive to all be better, and that’s what we’ve done in Aurora. We’ve strived to be the most prepared, the most trained, the most capable,” said Irvin.

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