Chicago Tribune: Gov. Pat Quinn today signed into law a historic ban on the death penalty in Illinois and commuted the sentences of 15 death row inmates to life without parole.

The governor said he followed his conscience. He said he believed in signing the bill he also should “abolish the death penalty for everyone,” including those already on death row.

“Fellow citizens, we cannot escape history,” Quinn told reporters afterward. “I think it’s the right, just thing to abolish the death penalty.”

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South Town Star (March 6): President Barack Obama has appeared to tip his hand on Illinois’ bill to end the death penalty, which Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to act upon within the week.

During a recent encounter with Quinn at the White House last week, the president praised the bill as well as Illinois’ legalization of civil unions, said state Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago), a lead legislative backer of the death penalty bill and Obama’s successor in the Illinois Senate…

Obama has publicly stated his support for the death penalty in heinous cases but as a state lawmaker voted against expanding it for crimes arising from gang activity. Obama was a driving force behind a 2003 capital punishment reform bill that required interrogations be videotaped in capital cases.

10 Responses to “history”

  1. 1 sherijr
    March 9, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Oh I am so in agreement with this. I wish we’d abolish the death penalty in every single state. It is barbaric imo. Good on Gov. Quinn. for evolving, thank you sir.

  2. 5 Hachikō
    March 9, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    Kudos to Gov. Quinn. Love my President. We need to reform our penal system altogether. No more death penalty (although I have to admit that I believe some people deserve it), stop locking up people for smoking or selling pot, stop sending mentally ill people to prison, stop sending our kids to prison.

  3. 6 Sonjia Duncan
    March 9, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    The death penalty is the worst sentence. I alway wonder if the person is really guilty. I have a problem with these private prisons and the need to lock up people for profit.

    • 7 Sue in Minnesota
      March 9, 2011 at 5:20 pm

      As do I. And what will be the recourse for their shortcomings, profits over people is an upside down, dangerous model.

  4. 8 barb
    March 9, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    I also agree with this bill. I must say though that if the ex-boyfriend of Julie Hudson is guilty of killing Jennifer Hudson’s mother, brother and nephew, he deserves a grave sentence.

    There are no drugs currently available in the US for executions. The most recent execution had to be postponed until they could find the drugs in Europe and I don’t think Europe has the death penalty.

  5. 9 WalkingOnSunshine
    March 9, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    At last. The 21st Century is starting to happen. I wonder how many innocent people have been executed over the years?

  6. 10 Eleroy
    March 9, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    Great work Governor Quinn!!! I am against the death penalty!!!

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