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Illinois Death Penalty Abolished

Two Volunteers for Execution, Two Governors Who Would Not Let Them Die

David Protess | Posted 01.28.2012 | Chicago
David Protess

While abolitionists cheered the news that Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber had declared a moratorium on executions last week, the public reacted with surprise. Oregon has the death penalty?

Illinois Gives Up the Death Penalty for Lent (and Beyond)

Gustav Niebuhr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Gustav Niebuhr

Illinois's choice is countercultural: The death penalty has been widely popular among Americans in a way rare among our peers in the post-industrialized world.

Jury Out On Religion And The Death Penalty

Cathleen Falsani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Cathleen Falsani

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, who is Catholic, revealed that he turned to his faith -- to the Bible and to Catholic leaders and tradition -- in contemplating the bill lawmakers delivered to him in January.

Thank You, Governor Quinn

Andrea Lyon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Andrea Lyon

Gov. Quinn has asked us all to step away from vengeance, from error and heartache and instead to concentrate on preventing violence and assisting the victims of violence. We can do that, can't we?

Will Gov. Quinn Abolish The Death Penalty?

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

It's been nearly two months since the Illinois General Assembly voted to abolish the state's death penalty, and sent the legislation to Governor Pat Q...

Illinois House REJECTS Medical Marijuana Bill

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

On an otherwise busy Thursday in Springfield, lawmakers voted to reject a bill that would allow some Illinois patients access to medical marijuana. ...