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.