Pritzker’s commitment to fighting violent crime will take years to see results

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This week’s off-year election could signal a change in the political current for next year’s midterms.

iowa takes a stand against vaccine mandates, willing to fight the federal government. And Illinois’ governor makes his own stand to try to get violent crime under control.

We’ll get to that with former Iowa State Rep. David Millage and former Scott County Democratic Party Chair Karl Rhomberg.

Gov. JB Pritzker issued an executive order calling gun violence in the state a public-health crisis and has announced plans to address it. The governor will put $250 million over three years toward a violence-prevention initiative.

"The only way … to stop violent crime is to prosecute the lower crimes, and make sure that people realize you’re going to prosecute these crimes," Millage says.

"Violent crime has been rising in the Quad Cities and Davenport," Rhomberg says. "Anything to interdict violence right now is desperately needed."

Hear more from Rhomberg and Millage in the video.

We’d like to hear from you, too, with our question of the week: What do you think about Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker’s plan to reduce violent crime by spending $250 million dollars over the next three years on a variety of community programs? Let us know at 4therecord@whbf.com.

Local 4 News, your local election headquarters, is proud to present 4 The Record, a weekly news and public affairs program focused on the issues important to you.  It’s a program unlike any other here in the Quad Cities. Tune in each Sunday at 10:30 a.m. as Jim Niedelman brings you up to speed on what’s happening in the political arena, from Springfield, Des Moines, Washington, D.C. and right here at home.

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November 7, 2021 at 11:03AM

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