Updated at: 1:35 pm on 01/09/11Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has abolished the state's death penalty. The Democrat signed legislation Wednesday abandoning capital punishment, two months after Illinois lawmakers voted to do the same and more than a decade after former Gov.
A court document is providing new insight into former Illinois Governor George Ryan's decision to clear death row in the last days of his administration. His reflections are contained in a deposition he gave to an attorney for the City of Chicago involved in a wrongful conviction lawsuit.
A leading social justice activist is making Chicago the new home for her personal collections. Sister Helen Prejean is best known for her work with death row inmates detailed in the book and movie “Dead Man Walking.”
Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Maurice Possley worked as an investigative reporter for nearly 25 years for the Chicago Tribune. As a federal courts reporter and then as a deputy metropolitan editor, he unearthed great misconduct and wrongful convictions.
A pair of Illinois men who were charged with killing their daughters but were cleared by DNA evidence said the state should put an end to the death penalty. The Chicago Sun-Times reported that Kevin Fox and Jerry Hobbs said it should be required in murder cases