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Illinois legislature sends death penalty abolition bill to the governor for signing

Illinois governor Pat Quinn.

Illinois governor Pat Quinn

From the Chicago Tribune’s “Illinois death penalty ban sent to Gov. Pat Quinn“:

A historic measure to abolish the death penalty in Illinois passed the state Senate today after nearly two hours of impassioned debate.

The ban on executions goes to Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, who must sign the legislation for it to become law. During last fall’s campaign, Quinn said he supports “capital punishment when applied carefully and fairly,” but also backs the 10-year-old moratorium on executions.

The Senate voted 32-25 to approve the ban, with two members voting present. The measure passed the House last week.

Hopefully the good sense these legislators showed will migrate south to Frankfort.

Photo: Courtesy of State of Illinois

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