Rock Island County State's Attorney candidate John McGehee said he wants to reduce crime through community outreach and tough prosecution of illegal firearm use.
A Quad-Cities attorney for the past 23 years, the Democrat was joined by Rock Island County Sheriff Jeff Boyd at the Moline Township Hall on Wednesday to discuss his initiative of "community prosecution."
"Prosecutors have a responsibility to prosecute swiftly and effectively," Mr. McGehee said. "As state's attorney, I will host town forums and meet with area police chiefs, school officials and public and private-sector leaders and stakeholders."
Mr. McGehee said he wants to collaborate with area police chiefs to reduce the number of illegal guns floating throughout the county and to pursue tough prosecution of illegal firearm use.He said that, while campaigning and knocking on doors, people have "expressed concern about violent crime.
"That's one of the major issues," he said. "A lot of shots have been fired, especially in Rock Island, some in Moline, and in other cities as well. It's such a serious issue."
His Republican challenger, Rock Island County Assistant State's Attorney Jim Wozniak, on Wednesday said the state's attorney's office deals with police on a daily basis.
"We want to reduce crime, but our job is to prosecute," he said.
Mr. Wozniak, who also noted he has been going door-to-door campaigning, said the state's attorney should work with community leaders and county officials to improve economic activity in the county. The more poverty a community has, he said, the more crime it will have.
Today is Friday, May 24, the 144th day of 2013. There are 221 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: A military escort will be at the square at 9 a.m. tomorrow forthe funeral of Lieut. Joseph Eaton. The county judge is absent in Chicago, which willaccount for his not being in the procession. 1888 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island's City Council last night appropriated $95,000 forexpenses for the 1888 and 1889 fiscal year. 1913 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. F.W. Reimers last night was re-elected president of the RockIsland Musical Club at a meeting in the New Harper Hotel. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Seven members of Boy Scout Troop 21 got their Eagle badges lastnight. They were Ralph Hurt, Robert Nelson, Howard Schersten, Cecil Nelson, RobertFryxell, Clarence Stone and Rollin Hurt. 1963 -- 50 years ago: Mayor Morris Muhleman has resorted to a form letter in an effort toanswer objections to the wheel tax increase. "It was my hope that I could, in some way,restore the faith of the citizens in our city. In order to do this I knew I must face the factthat I would become very unpopular."All they are trying to do is protect the citizensproperty and build their town. 1988 -- 25 years ago: RICCA, the Rock Island County Council on Addictions, inconjunction with the Quad City Downs, will hold its annual "Night at the Races" June 2.The benefit "Night at the Races" will raise funds locally to assist in maintaining the twohalfway houses, New Hope Lodge (for women) and Beacon House (for men).