Debate Between Jay Scott and Dan Hassinger Outline the Differences Between the Two

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Tuesday night Incumbent Macon County State's Attorney Jay Scott faced his opponent in a debate.

Both candidates were asked questions on everything from budgetary issues, to the laws surrounding stop and frisk. With each question, it became apparent how different the candidates are from each other.

Democrat Incumbent Jay Scott and his Republican challenger Dan Hassinger faced off at MacArthur high school, each of them with different ideas.

"I think it's going to be very important that we have an honest open transparent state’s attorney that reports exactly what's going on at the county board in terms of employee salaries, which take up the majority of his budget, hidden bonuses extravagant pay raises," Hassinger explains. 

"If somebody tells him that we have hidden bonuses, and he believes that… simply doesn't happen. You can’t do that. Every penny is accounted for. Our budget is set by the county board, and I come in under budget every year," Scott countered during the debate. 

With multiple allegations against Jay Scott coming out last month, many people had questions, including Hassinger.

"It's incumbent upon the state’s attorney to avoid even the appearance of any impropriety, and when you have so many different allegations and so many people coming forward," expressed Hassinger. 

However, Scott says he's not into “dirty politics.”

"I'm not into gutter politics. Nobody associated with me or my campaign will ever do it. I never have. I never will. If anybody close to me would come out and do something dirty political tricks from the past, I would stand up and denounce them, "Scott said when questioned about said allegations.

Overall, Scott feels his experience speaks for itself.

"Experience is the main thing. Dan has never been a prosecutor. He's a relatively new attorney. I've been doing this for 29 years. I've prosecuted some of the most complicated cases we've ever had in Macon County, and that’s really important," Scott stressed. 

Hassinger feels his experience makes him just as qualified.

"Well, I have over 20 years of experience, 15 years as a police officer and 6 years as a practicing attorney here in Decatur. I can tell you this… that there is really no difference between prosecuting a crime and defending a crime when it comes to the law," Hassinger adds.

At the end of the debate, Hassinger hammered Scott on the allegations of misconduct, which Hassinger says came from some of Scott's former employees.

Scott countered, saying he is not surprised by the allegations. He says the allegations are from employees who did not deserve to serve the public and again calls those allegations gutter politics.

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