Gov. Rauner proposes restoration of death penalty in IL


"[The] death penalty says 'we're finished with you, were through with you, ' 'you did a bad thing, it's over, " said Pastor Culpepper".

IL hasn't put a criminal to death since 1999's execution of Andrew Kokoraleis, a member of a satanic gang that raped, mutilated and murdered as many as 20 women in the Chicago area in the early 1980s.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner said on Monday he is seeking to reinstate the death penalty for mass murder and killing a police officer, a move that comes when capital punishment nationwide is at lows not seen for about a quarter century.

Rauner put the provision in legislation he rewrote Monday.

Governor Rauner's changes to HB 1468 create a new category of homicide called "death penalty murder".

Politicians up for election hunt everywhere for voter support, so very few proposals cause us to do spit takes. "Individuals who commit mass murder, individuals who choose to murder a law enforcement officer, they deserve to have their life taken". Years before, Governor George Ryan commuted the sentences of all the state's death row prisoners after criminal justice advocacy groups exposed a pattern of wrongful convictions. For Rauner's plan to become law, the Legislature must approve his changes.

In a tweet, Rauner, a Republican, stated reinstating the loss of life penalty "reveals we now have no tolerance for such atrocities in our state".

Under the GOP governor's proposal, death penalty suspects would have to be convicted by juries "beyond all doubt", not just "beyond a reasonable doubt" required for guilty findings of other criminal offenses. Rauner said the 72-hour rule, which already applies to handguns, should apply to all guns.

The proposal was made as part of Rauner's response to a gun-control bill.

The amendatory veto plan additionally asks legislators to extend the 72-hour waiting period for delivery of all gun purchases, to ban bump stocks and trigger cranks, to authorize restraining orders to disarm unsafe individuals and to make judges and prosecutors explain in court procedures why charges are reduced in plea agreements for violent offenders in gun cases.

Presently, 36 states have either abolished the death penalty, have executions on hold or have not carried out an execution in at least five years, according to the Death Penalty Information Center. The violence sparked demonstrations at schools across the nation as students called for tougher regulations amid pushback from gun owners who argue their Second Amendment rights are at risk.

"The death penalty should never be used as a political tool to advance one's agenda", Cullerton said in a statement.

When asked why Rauner hadn't laid out his policy goals when lawmakers were crafting legislation earlier this year, Brady said, "Well, that's a better question for the governor".

James B. Durkin, the Illinois House Republican leader, said in a statement, "Allowing a prosecutor the option to seek the death penalty in the most horrific and brutal of crimes should be the law of Illinois and sends a message that we support those who wear the badge".