Underwood, Oberweis spar over gun control, immigration

Underwood, Oberweis spar over gun control, immigration

Jim Oberweis, left, and Lauren Underwood Incumbent U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood and her opponent for the 14th Congressional District seat, state Sen. Jim Oberweis, went head to head on police reform, abortion, gun control and other issues during a virtual forum over the weekend. During the event hosted by several suburban League of Women Voters chapters, Underwood said she has been proud and inspired watching people in the 14th District embracing the cause of equality and justice and saying "Black Lives Matter." Underwood, a Democrat from Naperville, co-sponsored the George Floyd Justice In Policing Act, named for the 46-year-old Black man killed by a Minneapolis police officer in May, which she said mandates common sense reforms. "It requires police departments to collect data regarding use of force, bans the use of chokeholds and it requires that deadly force only be used as a last resort," Underwood said. "It gives our communities the tools that we need to foster a culture of accountability, transparency and justice to law enforcement." Oberweis, a Republican from Sugar Grove, said he strongly supports the right to demonstrate or protest, but said that "there have to be limits on that." "When it gets to rioting and looting and violence, that’s absolutely wrong. That should not be allowed," Oberweis said. "No one should serve in Congress and say that it’s OK to loot and riot." Oberweis accused Underwood of failing to condemn rioting and looting during an interview with the Chicago Sun-Times’ editorial board. "Rioting, looting, […]

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