Breaking News: Illinois Legislature Abolishes the Death Penalty

Today, the Illinois Senate passed legislation to abolish the death penalty!  The vote was 32 for, 25 against, with 2 voting present. Last week the Illinois House of Representatives passed the bill on a vote of 60 to 55.

TCADP congratulates our colleagues in Illinois, who worked tirelessly over the last 2 months particularly as well as the last several years to secure this amazing victory! Please help us encourage Governor Pat Quinn to sign the bill and thank the lead bill sponsors.  Go to to send a message to Governor Quinn, and bill sponsors, State Rep. Karen Yarbrough and State Sen. Kwame Raoul.

Read more in the Chicago Tribune.

3 thoughts on “Breaking News: Illinois Legislature Abolishes the Death Penalty

  1. It is not only for financial reasons that your action is so important, nor because of the fallibility of the penalty, which of course is terribly significant. The use of the death penalty is a sign of an uncivil, undemocratic society. I no longer live in Illinois, but am still a registered voter there (I live in Italy) and I am very proud that “my” State has been able to take this momentous step. Thank you for your persistence, your courage and your humane concepts.

  2. Thank you, thank you, thank you, and thanks again! This is fantastic and encouraging news. No more executions in Illinois. What a courageous act, thanks to your untiring efforts. Now we need to do the very same thing in Ohio. Blessings and thank you all over again.

  3. I encourage everyone to take a moment to use the NCADP website to send an email message to Gov. Quinn encouraging him to sign the bill, and to State Rep. Karen Yarbrough and State Sen. Kwame Raoul to thank both of them for sponsoring this bill. It was very easy to do, and you can customize your message. Even if you do not live in Illinois, adding your voice helps to send the message that its time for the death penalty to end.

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