Casten, Ives trade barbs over protests following George Floyd’s death

Casten, Ives trade barbs over protests following George Floyd's death

Photos provided Caption Stay informed with Shaw Local’s Election Central . Research your ballot, where the candidates stand on the issues and set yourself up with a reminder to vote. In a debate over the weekend, U.S. Rep. Sean Casten of Downers Grove called out Republican challenger Jeanne Ives of Wheaton for not protesting — as he did — following the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police this spring. Casten, a freshman lawmaker seeking a second term representing Illinois 6th Congressional District, fired the shot while praising the peaceful marches he’s witnessed and participated in this year. "I didn’t see looting and violence when I marched in Wheaton or when I marched in Downers Grove or when I marched in Barrington," Casten said in Saturday’s debate, which was hosted by WBBM 780-AM and 105.9-FM and Crain’s Chicago Business. "I didn’t see Ms. Ives there, either, just as I didn’t see (President) Donald Trump marching with (Sen.) Mitt Romney in Washington, D.C." Casten also criticized the looting and other criminal behavior that have marred some protests. In response, Ives said Casten hasn’t sounded off about looting "in his own backyard" or riots. "People feel very unsettled," said Ives, a former state legislator. She didn’t address her lack of participation in the protests. Ives blasted Casten’s outspoken support of gun control measures, accusing him of wanting to abolish the Second Amendment that preserves gun ownership rights. She and Casten argued about other issues during the roughly hourlong debate. As she […]

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