Illinois governor signs death penalty ban
March 9th, 2011
01:40 PM ET

Illinois governor signs death penalty ban

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn announced Wednesday that he has signed legislation eliminating the death penalty in his state, more than 10 years after the state halted executions.

"Fellow citizens, we cannot escape history," Quinn (pictured), a Democrat, told reporters in making the announcement.

Illinois conducted its last execution in 1999. Then-Gov. George Ryan halted executions in 2000, after a series of death row inmates were exonerated. Quinn said his review had convinced him that it was impossible to administer capital punishment without mistakes, and abolishing it was "the right and just thing."

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  1. xavier stone

    i am a professional in my line of work. i believe i should be paid to take care of the people on death row. i am a contracter. or a hit man if you will.

    May 6, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. michelle

    Wow. All these comments about ending lives are really disturbing. There have been innocent people wrongly accused and then later exonerated. There are no guarantees where life leads, and I hope those that are against this ban realize they could someday need mercy too.

    May 13, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
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