State's Attorney Candidates Battle Over High Crime

By: Shannon Smith
By: Shannon Smith

WINNEBAGO COUNTY (WIFR) -- The Winnebago County Bar Association hosted a candidate forum, which allowed attorneys to question current State's Attorney Joe Bruscato and candidate Glen Weber.

Both candidates were allowed 10 minutes for a statement where they each focused on their personal experience. But the audience was more concerned on how the newly elected state's attorney will tackle the high rate of violent crime in Rockford. Weber and Bruscato were both questioned about how they will combat over crowded jails, which they say isn't easy to fix.

"When you have a down economy, you have less people that can pull money together to afford bonds," said Bruscato.

"These things I would train them so that we don't have to clog up the system with all these cases because the minute you try to negotiate, its been my experience the minute you try to negotiate anything thats off the charges that are there, you get shuffled to a supervisor," said Weber.

Earlier this week the Supreme Court of Illinois upheld a censure issued to candidate Weber back in May, however he says it doesn't effect his ability to practice.

If re-elected, this would be Bruscato's second term as State's Attorney. He is the first Democrat to hold that title in Winnebago County. Weber is a local attorney and served 15 years as an Assistant State's Attorney for Winnebago County.

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