Illinois Supreme Court candidate challenges opponent to a shootout, but he won’t bite

How to use the News-Democrat voter guide Our voter guide is an interactive tool that can help you make informed choices in upcoming local elections. The guide offers information about races and candidates, helping you select and keep track of your picks. Here’s how it works. By Rachel Wise | Patrick Gleason captions and subtitles off, selected Our voter guide is an interactive tool that can help you make informed choices in upcoming local elections. The guide offers information about races and candidates, helping you select and keep track of your picks. Here’s how it works. By Rachel Wise | Patrick Gleason A downstate Republican candidate vying for a seat on the Illinois Supreme Court has declined a challenge from the Democratic candidate to compete in a gun range shootout. Republican David Overstreet and Democrat Judy Cates , judges on the 5th District Appellate Court, are competing to replace retiring judge Lloyd Karmeier on the 5th District Supreme Court, which covers 37 southern Illinois counties. Cates, 68, from Belleville, said in a statement Monday that she challenged Overstreet, 54, to a shooting competition at a gun range. It’s important for southern Illinoisans to know their state supreme court judge will defend Second Amendment rights, Cates said. “People want to know since you’re a Democrat if you’re going to take away their guns,” Cates said. “I’m like, no, I’m a Democrat with a gun. The whole philosophy of David’s campaign is that I’m just acting like that.” Overstreet, of Mount […]

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