In two recent articles about Illinois gubernatorial candidates’ opinions on major issues, the Chicago Tribune gave Green Party candidate Rich Whitney an equal opportunity to voice his opinion as all of the major party candidates. Rather than a single feature article or no mention at all, the Tribune has decided, in a praiseworthy and rare move, to cover Whitney as an equal in the race, as he is.
Democrat William “Dock” Walls and Green Party candidate Rich Whitney said they want to abolish the death penalty.
Candidates for governor also differ on letting nonviolent offenders out of prison early to ease the state’s growing budget problems.
Quinn defended his administration’s plan to release about 1,000 inmates up to a year early to save about $5 million, saying they would be electronically monitored and weren’t in prison for crimes against people.
Whitney backs Quinn’s plan and said legalizing marijuana and decriminalizing possession of some other narcotics could help reduce jail overcrowding.
QUESTION: “Would you sign or veto legislation banning the sale and possession of semiautomatic assault-style weapons in Illinois?”
– Rich Whitney: “If it truly and accurately defines assault weapons in a manner that does not impair the rights of lawful gun owners to possess firearms for defensive purposes, and respects the rights of legitimate gun collectors, then yes, I would sign it.”
QUESTION: “Would you sign or veto legislation allowing concealed-carry for handguns?”
– Rich Whitney: “I would sign legislation allowing concealed-carry or open carry – although … I would prefer that any such legislation allow individual counties to opt out if they so chose.”