Put An End to the Death Penalty In Illinois
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Put An End to the Death Penalty In Illinois

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The bill to end the death penalty in Illinois passed the State House by a vote of 60-54. And it passed the Senate 32-25. Now all we need is Gov. Pat Quinn's signature!

It was clear ten years ago that the death penalty system in Illinois was broken. That's why they put a moratorium on executions. Now -- a decade later -- the same problems persist.

Illinois has exonerated 20 people who were sentenced to die for crimes they did not commit -- two of them just last year.

The death penalty still doesn't keep the public any safer.

It still fails to meet the needs of murder victims' families.

And -- even with the moratorium -- the death penalty still costs taxpayers millions of dollars more than alternatives.

You have a chance to put an end to this broken nightmare of a system.

Urge the governor to end the death penalty in Illinois once and for all.

Illinois Governor
I urge you to end the death penalty in Illinois now.

During these tough times, we can’t afford to throw away resources on a
system that is so broken it can’t be fixed.

The death penalty doesn’t keep us any safer. It risks executing innocent
people. It fails to meet the needs of murder victims’ families. And it costs
millions of dollars more than alternatives.

Thank you,

[Your name]

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 2 signatures
    2. Illinois prosecutors say they fear that if the state abolishes the death penalty, it will make it harder for them to force defendants to accept plea bargains. Prosecutors often initially pursue onerous charges as a way of scaring the accused into accepting lesser charges -- avoiding the prospect they will be found guilty.


    3. Reached 2 signatures
    4. Gov. Quinn's decision on whether to sign the death penalty repeal bill is expected any day now -- and if he doesn't decide either way by March 18, it automatically becomes law and the use of executions as punishment in Illinois will be abolished.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Amanda Stouffer HENDERSONVILLE, TN
      • over 3 years ago

      The death penalty is both costly and ineffective. Any other program that fits those two descriptors is dropped without hesitation. The bill has already passed in the State House and the Senate, all we need is Gov. Pat Quinn's signature. End this broken nightmare of a system! You can do the right, ethical thing.


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