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.
Illinois’ redistricting process lurched forward Friday as Governor Pat Quinn signed into law a new map of congressional districts for the 2012 elections. His action is expected to spur lawsuits from groups opposing the map, particularly Republicans.
State lawmakers return to Springfield today for unfinished business.The first item on their agenda is a list of construction projects that stalled last month due to budget wrangling between the House and Senate.