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Illinois Death Penalty

Man Convicted Of Double Murder In Landmark Case Released From Prison

AP | DON BABWIN AND JASON KEYSER | Posted 10.30.2014 | Crime

CHICAGO (AP) -- A prisoner whose confession helped free a death row inmate in a case that was instrumental to ending capital punishment in Illinois wa...

Budhist Leader Comes Out Against Death Penalty For Men Accused In Brutal Indian Gang Rape

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 01.24.2013 | Religion

One of the world's most respected spiritual leaders has asked that mercy be shown in the case of the men accused of last month's brutal gang rape and ...

Teen's Murder Reignites Death Penalty Fight

Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago

As investigators learn more about the criminal and mental health history of murder suspect John L. Wilson Jr., community members who have been shaken ...

Man Who Allegedly Checked Death Penalty Laws Before Murder Is Pleading Guilty

Posted 09.17.2011 | Chicago

A man who prosecutors believe tracked his former girlfriend with a GPS device before slaying her in an office parking lot is pleading guilty at an abn...

Dalai Lama Praises Illinois For Death Penalty Ban

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 09.16.2011 | Chicago

Following a controversial meeting with President Obama in the White House, the Dalai Lama headed to Chicago Sunday to speak about interfaith cooperati...

The Recall Takes Effect in Illinois Today

Diann Rust-Tierney | Posted 08.31.2011 | Chicago
Diann Rust-Tierney

Four states -- Illinois, New Mexico, New Jersey and New York have renounced capital punishment in the past five years. The handwriting is on the wall -- the death penalty is a failed, antiquated experiment on its way out.

Illinois Death Penalty Officially Ends

The Huffington Post/AP | Posted 08.31.2011 | Chicago

It's been more than a decade since former Illinois Governor George Ryan imposed a moratorium on executions and cleared death row, fearing that an impe...

Former Marine Gets Life In Prison For Killing Family

AP | JIM SUHR | Posted 07.09.2011 | Chicago

WATERLOO, Ill. — A judge imposed a life sentence Monday for a former Marine and pastor's son convicted of strangling his wife and their two sons...

Prosecutors: Man Checked To See If Illinois Had Death Penalty Before Murder

Posted 06.15.2011 | Chicago

According to suburban Chicago prosecutors, Demetry Smirnov verified that Illinois had banned its death penalty before traveling here to murder his ex-...

Illinois Proves (Again) That Ending the Death Penalty Saves Money

James Clark | Posted 06.04.2011 | Los Angeles
James Clark

Thanks to Illinois, we now have more proof: ending the death penalty saves money -- a lot of money -- and quickly. So what is California waiting for?

A Thoroughly Modern Death Penalty

Richard C. Dieter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard C. Dieter

On March 10, Ohio carried out an execution using a method that had never been tried before in the U.S. Coincidentally, in an unrelated event, Ohio's electric chair was relegated to a museum.

The Price of Injustice: Wrongfully Convicted Deserve Full Compensation

Locke Bowman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Locke Bowman

The State of Illinois owes a debt to the innocent people who have been convicted in our justice system of crimes they didn't commit and then been forced to serve years of wrongful imprisonment.

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?

Governor Quinn Sets The Right Tone With Abolition Of Illinois Death Penalty

Mark Osler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Mark Osler

A lifetime in criminal law has taught me one thing above all else: It is all tragedy, every bit of it. A conviction does not un-murder a man or un-rape a woman.

Republicans Discuss Reinstating Illinois Death Penalty

AP | CHRISTOPHER WILLS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — For a mother who lost her son to violence, Illinois' decision to abolish the death penalty is a betrayal. But to a father wh...

Illinois Death Penalty Abolished, Death Row Cleared

AP | CHRISTOPHER WILLS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — After two decades of debate about the risk of executing an innocent person, Illinois abolished the death penalty Wednesday, ...

Obama Weighs In On Illinois Death Penalty Ban

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Governor Pat Quinn said Monday that he will take action on a bill that would abolish the death penalty in Illinois this week, though he has not said w...

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...

Why the Legislature Is Right and Lisa Madigan Is Wrong About the Death Penalty

Mark Osler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Mark Osler

The death penalty has failed in Illinois, and should not be resuscitated.

Is It Time to Execute the Death Penalty?

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

The arguments for and against have raged for years, but the discussion is relevant now more than ever because Governor Pat Quinn has it within his power to end the death penalty in Illinois.

Wrongfully-Accused Men Call For End Of Death Penalty

NBC Chicago | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Two fathers, wrongly accused in the murders of their children, on Friday called for an end to the death penalty in Illinois. Kevin Fox, who was fal...

As Quinn Considers Death Penalty Ban, A Look At His Past Comments

WBEZ | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

In a press conference Wednesday, Quinn would not announce whether he planned to sign the bill. He said he would "look at [the legislation] very carefu...

Death Penalty Ban Heads To Governor's Desk In Illinois

AP | JOHN O'CONNOR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois Senate voted Tuesday to abolish capital punishment, sending the historic issue to Gov. Pat Quinn and putting th...