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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?

Gov. Quinn Stands Out As GOP Governors Gain Momentum

AP | DEANNA BELLANDI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — As Republican governors across the U.S. gain momentum with conservative agendas, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has stood out for signing a strin...

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?

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, ...

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 Death Penalty Ban: Unclear If Governor Quinn Will Sign Bill

AP | KAREN HAWKINS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — More than a decade after Illinois put all executions on hold, a bill to abolish the death penalty altogether awaits only the governor'...

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...

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. ...

Illinois House Votes To Abolish Death Penalty

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois House has approved a plan to abolish capital punishment in a whirlwind reversal on a historic vote. The legisl...