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.
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.
- Illinois Death Penalty Abolished? Pat Quinn Plans To Sign Bill, Lawmaker Says (huffingtonpost.com)