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.
As the debate heats up on whether or not to commute former IL Governor George Ryan's prison sentence, we thought this would be a good place to present our local leaders' views on the subject.‚ We know that our biggest IL politician is staying neutral, but others have crossed party lines to give th