Republican gubernatorial candidate makes stop in Quincy on first day
QUINCY — State Sen. Darren Bailey (R-Xenia) kicked off a weeklong bus tour of Illinois and wrapped up the first day in the Gem City.
A crowd of about 150 turned out at the Holiday Inn to hear the Republican candidate for governor. He was upbeat as he told supporters that their turnout was critical for him to defeat the incumbent, Democrat JB Pritzker.
Bailey believes he is gaining ground in Chicago because of an escalation in violence he called “the Chicago nightmare.”
He detailed a weekend shooting in Chicago, saying there were 50 shootings and nine deaths. He told the crowd that “the press isn’t reporting” the violence in Chicago anymore “because it’s become the norm.”
“Chicago is living the purge,” he said. “JB Pritzker, Lori Lightfoot and Kim Foxx have have turned the West Loop into the Wild West. Now that Cindy and I are down there, we’re witnessing some of that. It’s unreal.”
Darren and Cindy Bailey are renting a condo in Chicago’s John Hancock Building during the campaign.
Bailey again called for the repeal of the Safe-T Act.
Bailey said “At any given time in Chicago there are more than 3,000 criminals are roaming the city wearing ankle monitors because Chicago has no cash bail. Three-quarters of the ‘Bracelet Brigade’ are violent criminals.
“The terror of Chicago is coming to your neighborhood January 1,” he said. “If we’re going to save Illinois, we have to fire JB Pritzker.”
Watch the full speech in the link.
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