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 Thursday, Aug. 21, the 233rd day of 2014. There are 132 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder. 1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire. 1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.