State House District 62 candidates differ on key issues – Chicago Tribune

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Though the two candidates who seek to represent the 62nd Representative District in the Illinois General Assembly for the next two years are supporters of the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guaranteeing the right to bear arms, they interpret it differently.

Onetime colleagues on the Grayslake Village Board of Trustees, Democrat Laura Faver Dias of Grayslake and Adam Shores, a Republican from Libertyville, are competing to represent the 62nd District in the Nov. 8 general election.

Shores was appointed to fill a vacancy on the board in 2016, elected to a full term in 2017 and reelected in 2021. He said he resigned in April when his family moved to Libertyville. Dias was elected a trustee in 2021 and served on the Economic Development Commission before that.

When it comes to issues like gun violence, the SAFE-T Act and a woman’s right to elect to have an abortion, among others, Dias, 41, and Shores, 46, give voters a choice between differing points of view when they cast their ballots.

Getting illegal guns out of circulation is the starting point of reducing gun violence for Shores. He said there are thousands of revoked FOID cards throughout the state. Police should make sure those people do not possess guns.

Adam Shores.
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Adam Shores.
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(Adam Shores / HANDOUT)

“Those are illegal guns and there should be an effort to get them off the streets,” Shores said. “I will look at it thoughtfully and carefully,” he added referring to a bill proposed to ban assault weapons.

Dias said she, like many Second Amendment supporters, believe in gun safety but there needs to be a check on military style weapons. She intends to push for a ban on them if she is elected to the legislature.

“We have too many mass shootings,” Dias said. “We need an assault weapon ban. No one needs an assault rifle.”

Laura Faver Dias.
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Laura Faver Dias.
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(Laura Faver Dias / HANDOUT)

Both candidates also see the SAFE-T Act, which implements multiple changes in the criminal justice system Jan. 1, differently. Dias said it makes her feel safer for her family and herself which is “top of mind for me.” She does not see the end of cash bail as detrimental.

“There is so much inequity in our criminal justice system that we had to seek a remedy and make changes,” Dias said. “Judges will decide if a defendant is detained, and not the amount of money they have.”

Shoes said he believes crime is increasing in Illinois and quality people are not choosing careers in law enforcement. Creating a situation which could put more criminals on the street through the elimination of cash bail is not the solution.

“We’re going in the wrong direction in Illinois,” Shores said. “This is a slap in the face to law enforcement. It’s a slap in the face to people who want to be safe in their homes.”

Though Dias and Shores are far apart on the SAFE-T Act, their views on a woman’s right to decide to terminate a pregnancy are closer together, though not aligned. Shores said he opposes late-term abortion and would reinstate parental notification for women under 18.

“Personal health care decisions are unique to every woman, and they should be between the woman and her doctor,” Shores said, though he would still require parental notification and a late-term ban if he could.

While Shores prefers some restrictions on abortion, Dias said she is 100% pro-choice. As a mother, she said she knows firsthand what a “traumatic birth experience” can be like, and does not want to dictate a decision to any woman.

“Women should have complete agency over their body,” Dias said. “Justice (Clarence) Thomas wants to eliminate birth control and marriage equity,” she added, referring to his concurring opinion in the U.S. Supreme Court’s Dobbs v. Jackson decision returning abortion control to the individual states.

The winner of the Nov. 8 general election will replace state Rep. Sam Yingling, D-Grayslake. He lost a primary bid for the state Senate in June, and is not on the ballot this fall.

The district includes all or parts of Grayslake, the Round Lake area, Libertyville and Waukegan.

Early voting began Sept. 29 at the Lake County Courthouse and Administration Building in downtown Waukegan and expanded to 13 other sites Monday including the Avon Township office in Round Lake Park, the Fremont Township office in Mundelein, the Lake County Central Permit Facility in Libertyville ad the Wauconda Township office.

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October 25, 2022 at 05:53PM

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