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.
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.