Friday officially marks the end of capital punishment in Illinois. A ban that Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law in March took effect at midnight, marking a quiet final chapter in story that propelled Illinois into the center of an international debate just a decade ago. In 2000, then-Gov.
Kentucky and Tennessee have reportedly become the second and third states to turn over their supplies of an increasingly rare lethal-injection drug to the Justice Department.The drug, sodium thiopental, is one of three drugs that most states that enforce capital punishment use in their lethal inject
Chicago's current mayor and its future one disagree about whether Illinois should have the death penalty. The mayor has no official say on the death penalty issue. But when asked about it, Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel said he supports Governor Pat Quinn's decision Wednesday to abolish it.