CHICAGO – Illinois voters don’t have the ability to do what voters in San Francisco did last week when they recalled a controversial district attorney.
San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin was recalled by voters last week. Boudin’s lax criminal justice policies made the city less safe, recall supporters said. Illinois doesn’t have the ability to recall state’s attorneys.
The issue has become a flashpoint in the race for Illinois governor. Vying for the GOP nomination amid six candidates, Jesse Sullivan has said that’s a priority among his proposals to address crime.
Before state lawmakers adjourned in April, state Rep. Tim Butler filed a measure to allow the Cook County state’s attorney to be recalled. The Springfield Republican, who faces a primary, said the entire state should be concerned.
The only recall Illinois has is a measure to recall a governor, implemented after former Gov. Rod Blagojevich was arrested, but critics say it’s a high threshold.