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|AP "Political Asylum": Crime and Punishment in Illinois
|CHICAGO (AP) -- In a crowded field like the Republican primary for governor, every issue offers candidates a chance appeal to key voters.
So most Republicans were quick to stake out positions on global warming and the death penalty this past week.
Five candidates rejected the consensus among climate scientists that human activity contributes to global warming. The skeptics were Adam Andrzejewski, Bill Brady, Kirk Dillard, Dan Proft and Bob Schillerstrom. Jim Ryan said he believes humans contribute to global warming but he's not sure how much.
When convicted killer Brian Dugan was sentenced to die, most called for ending the state's moratorium on executions. Ryan said the moratorium should be kept in place. Proft called for ending the death penalty.
On both issues, Andy McKenna took a pass on each question.
CHICAGO (AP) -- The two big name Democratic candidates for governor have a busy week ahead.
Gov. Pat Quinn and challenger Dan Hynes will meet up at two candidate forums Wednesday.
One is at the Union League Club of Chicago and another that's part of the annual meeting of the Campaign for Better Health Care.
Sunday, the two faced off in Rockford where they accused each other of ducking hard decisions, misleading taxpayers and cozying up to former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
They did agree on the concept of selling a state prison to the federal government to house suspected terrorists and on the need to raise taxes to help close a budget deficit.
But they spent most of their time on the attack.
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