Illinois Kills the Death Penalty

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Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signs a bill on Wednesday abolishing the death penalty in Illinois. Quinn talked about his struggle to decide whether to sign the bill when he was here last month for the National Governors Association meeting.

Quinn noted that he was lobbied to sign the ban during calls from death penalty foes Desmond Tutu, Martin Sheen, Sister Helen Prejean and pleas from those who wanted Illinois to keep the death penalty on the books, including the families of victims and state’s attorneys from around the state.

via Quinn ends death penalty in Illinois: His struggle to a decision. – Lynn Sweet.

Good for Governor Quinn!

I do not support the death penalty, although I preface that by saying that if something happened to my children, I feel that I might be hardpressed to remain with my convictions here.

 

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The latest on charges against Gov. Rod Blagojevich

In a sad sort of way it’s not surprising to learn with the federal arrest today of Illinois Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich Illinois Democratic Governor Rod Blagojevich arrested by federal agents on corruption charges stemming from the alleged sale of the nomination to replace Democratic Senator Barack Obama in the U.S. Senatethat the replacement nominee for the President-elect Barack Obama‘s now-vacant U.S. Senate seat would have been the best that money could buy.

Alas, according to U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald (yes, the same Lewis “Scooter” Libby prosecutor), the money would have gone to the Illinois governor, a former House member who appears to have been, in effect, selling the nomination.

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And even threatening to keep the job for himself if not offered enough because a Senate sinecure might enhance his stature for a presidential run in 2016.

He reportedly complained about being in a dead-end as governor.

In a brief comment, Obama  called it a sad day for Illinois, but said he had no recent contact with the governor’s office. a claim seemingly contradicted by Obama’s chief political strategist last month and then retracted late today (See Update below.).

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