Thursday, March 10, 2011

Gov. Quinn to sign bill repealing Illinois death penalty

Chicago Sun-Times
March 9, 2011

Gov. Quinn plans to sign landmark legislation today that will repeal the state’s death penalty, said a key House lawmaker and sources briefed on his plans.

State Rep. Karen Yarbrough (D-Maywood), the bill’s chief House sponsor, said she received notification from a Quinn legislative aide late Tuesday afternoon that the governor would enact the death-penalty abolition bill Wednesday morning.

“For Illinois, I think we’ll be on the right side of history,” she told the Chicago Sun-Times.

Quinn’s office would not divulge the governor’s intentions nor did it release his Wednesday schedule, saying an itinerary for the day’s events likely would be forthcoming early in the day.

“Unfortunately, I can’t confirm anything for tomorrow,” said Quinn spokeswoman Annie Thompson late Tuesday.

Quinn’s expected move will add Illinois to 15 other states that have abolished the death penalty since the late 1970s.