SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – Crime in Chicago sparked more heat in Thursday’s debate for the Illinois governor on Tuesday, with Republican challenger Darren Bailey suggesting that the fight against illegality should begin outside the city, with a tighter border between United States and Mexico and the end of the “sanctuary city” of Chicago state “.
After a rough and stormy meeting on October 6 in which both Governor JB Pritzker and Bailey spent time pitching “liar” claims and counter-arguments to each other, the second and final Nexstar-sponsored debate continued the decor. what a majestic while opening up a little new ground with three weeks ahead of the November 8th election.
One area where Bailey went further than before was suggesting that crime has gotten worse in Chicago in part due to the negligent enforcement of illegal immigration and the sanctuary-city status Chicago has adopted, which made Texas has a target in recent weeks to send asylum seekers legally to the United States due to Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s dispute with President Joe Biden.
“We need to take care of our southern border and we need to keep it in check and stop the influx of illegal activity because what it is bringing, is leading to gang violence, is leading sex trafficking, is leading drug trafficking,” Bailey said. . “It’s a mess.”
Despite talking to each other regularly, neither Pritzker nor the moderators pressured Bailey on this claim.
Bailey, a 56-year-old state senator and farmer from the southern Illinois town of Xenia, 96 miles east of St. Louis, has like many Republicans nationwide this fall beat up crime in the countryside. Bailey criticized for his often-criticized nickname for Chicago, “hell hole”. The Republican proposed a new nickname on Tuesday.
“I’ll call it ‘Pritzkerville’ because all of the extreme policies of Governor Pritzker are destroying the city,” Bailey said. “Crime out of control, education devastated, the fact that multinationals pack up and leave every day. Pritzkerville fits well because Governor Pritzker, it’s time for him to own it.
Pritzker blamed the Covid-19 pandemic for rising crime in Chicago and nationwide. Asked about the 31 shooting victims last weekend, with eight deaths despite the investments he bragged, the 57-year-old Chicago stock investor and philanthropist billionaire went to the defense.
“I’m the first governor in literally nine years to fund the gang crime witness protection program, because we have to fight gangs …” Pritzker said. “We have increased the number of state police, our state-of-the-art crime labs are actually carrying out the evaluation of the DNA tests so that we can reduce crime. If you want to reduce crime, you have to solve it. And all the things we have invested in over the past four years have been aimed at exactly that ”.
Pritzker is favored for a second term and Bailey is not in the same stratosphere in terms of campaign cash. At the end of the quarterly reporting period of September 30, Pritzker had $ 42.3 million available after raising $ 80.8 million during the period and spending $ 38.5 million.
Bailey reported $ 767,000 to the bank after raising $ 2 million during the period and spending $ 1.6 million.
Bailey reiterated his offer to Pritzker to sign a pledge that will serve a full term if elected, a blow to Pritzker’s presidential openings, which Pritzker ignored as he did in the first debate. Rivals have traded blows over education, teacher shortages, the troubled Department of Child and Family Services, and that he was too left or right between them to be governor of Illinois.
Pritzker called his opponent on what he decreed were opposing positions on what he could do as governor on separate issues. Bailey continually vows to revoke the Pritzker-passed SAFE-T Act, a revision of the criminal justice system that attempts to counter excessive police force, sets new standards for police, including expanding the use of body cameras. , and ends the use of cash bail for violent criminal suspects.
But a planned Democratic oversight of the General Assembly supermajority makes it unlikely. This is the real reason why Bailey says that those who oppose his views on abortion restrictions shouldn’t fear that something will change after the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade last spring: he wouldn’t be able to get him through the Democratic legislature.
“He’s too conservative for Illinois,” Pritzker said. “It’s frankly too extreme for Illinois.”