Illinois Ends Death Penalty

By William Fisher The Public Record Mar 10th, 2011

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed a bill Wednesday ending the death penalty in the state. 

After months of nail-biting, opponents of capital punishment were breathing easier today.

Yesterday, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, a Democrat, took the final step in ending the death penalty and replacing it with a sentence of life without parole.

The law also requires that state funds used for the death penalty be transferred to a fund for murder victims’ services and law enforcement.

The ban on capital punishment comes after an eleven-year moratorium on executions declared by former Republican Governor George Ryan, and makes Illinois the 16th state to repeal the death penalty. It also marks the lowest number of states with the death penalty in more than thirty years.

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 speaks with reporters in his office at the State Capitol in Springfield, Illinois.

Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn has said he supports capital punishment if it's fairly applied, but one of his Republican predecessors felt so uneasy about the state's power to mete out the ultimate punishment that he placed a moratorium on executions that has lasted for the past 11 years.