Society and Religion

Illinois Kills the Death Penalty

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


Extreme Makeover features Ministry – Salt and Light

My wife and children love the show. No laser beams, star ships, or fuzzy aliens, so I am out, but they love it. This week, they featured an inspiring ministry, Salt and Light, located in Illinois. You might want to check them out.

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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 that 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. See fresh news video below. And even threatening to keep the job for himself if not offered enough