Irvin vows to repeal criminal justice reforms, gubernatorial rival calls it ‘fraud’

Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin led his campaign for governor in Chicago on Wednesday, promising to repeal criminal justice reforms enacted by incumbent JB Pritzker.

“We have a governor who wants to handcuff the police rather than handcuff those who commit crimes,” Irvin said.

Irvin called House Bill 3653 an “insecurity law,” pointing to its abolition of all cash bail next January. He said his record in the western suburb of Aurora shows violent crime can be reduced.

“I am the mayor of a city – the second largest city in the state – which not long ago was one of the most violent cities in the state of Illinois, with over 30 murders per capita per year,” Irvin said. “Now make Aurora one of the safest big cities in America.”

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But Irvin’s rivals in the Republican primary said that claim was outdated, citing the most recent Aurora crime statistics.

“In fact, felony assault has increased 129% in the city of Aurora. Aggravated assault has increased 44%. Violent crime has increased 38%. These are the facts and it must be held responsible for his criminal record. Illinois state communities. Mayor Richard Irvin is truly an impostor,” gubernatorial candidate Jesse Sullivan (R) said.

Also at Wednesday’s press conference, Irvin bragged about his endorsement by the Fraternal Order of Police, appearing with Chicago FOP President John Catanzara.

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