PEORIA -- With just a few weeks to go until Election Day, we're finding out where local candidates stand on the issues. Incumbent Democrat Jerry Brady is facing Republican Frank Ierulli for the Peoria County State's Attorney's office.
Jerry Brady has been serving as the Peoria County State's Attorney for 14 months. Frank Ierulli is currently a partner with Howard and Howard law firm in Peoria.
We asked the candidates why they want the job.
Brady said, "I believe my dedication is to the community and it has become even more important when I've gained the knowledge over the past 14 months about this gun crime and what's occurring and what effect it actually has."
Ierulli said, "I'm running for State's Attorney because this is my home and this is where I'm raising my children and every day when I open up the newspaper there's another shooting or armed robbery or murder."
We asked the candidates what they think they need to focus on in Peoria County.
Brady said, "We're all aware of how the gun crime is and how it effects this community and we've got to do everything we can to stop it, reduce it, eliminate it."
Ierulli said, "The biggest job is to make sure that we're focusing in on these repeat offenders and we reduce the crime."
We asked the candidates about Peoria's latest crime effort - the Don't Shoot program.
Brady said, "We're in the phases of launching this program. We have not yet begun the arrests we have done the community-wide publicity and it's gonna take some time."
Ierulli said, "The don't shoot program we're enormously long down the track. We've been at it now for nine months publicly and I think they've been at it I think they said for over a year now. We need to implement that but what we really need to do is focus in on these repeat offenders."