The Senate and the House of Representatives of Illinois approved a bill that would bring about the abolition of the death penalty. It is now up to Democrat Governor Pat Quinn to sign the bill into law which would turn Illinois into the 16th State of the US free of capital punishment.
Illinois has not executed anyone for more than a decade after former Republican Gov. George Ryan imposed a moratorium on the death penalty in January 2000 following a series of revelations that people had been sent to Death Row who were later found to be innocent.
In a letter to the Governor, the President of the ICDP asks him to take the last step which would abolish the death penalty in Illinois by law.
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