Abortion becomes talking point in State's Attorney race

By Anna Yee

October 23, 2012 Updated Oct 23, 2012 at 10:52 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- The final days of campaigning are heating up for some local politicians.

In the race for Peoria County State's Attorney, the controversial issue of abortion has been thrown into the mix.

Republican Frank Ierulli is running against current Peoria County State's Attorney, Democrat Jerry Brady.

One of Ierulli's recent campaign postcards quotes a blog by former Peoria Journal Star reporter Elaine Hopkins.

In it, she writes Brady claims he is pro-choice on women's reproductive rights, while Ierulli states he is pro-life.

Brady denies ever making that statement.

"That issue has no presence in prosecution of crime, management of the Peoria County State's Attorney's office," said Brady, "and frankly, I don't think it should be given any merit whatsoever to be part of a Peoria County State's Attorney's race."

"No I don't legislate. I merely enforce the law," said Ierulli, "But, once again, it goes to values. (And how does that reflect upon the State's Attorney?) Well, the state's attorney's job is to protect the innocent, and who can be more innocent than an unborn baby?"

Both Ierulli and Brady do agree on one campaign topic.

The candidates are promising greater efforts in crime reduction.

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