Illinois Governor proposed death penalty for murderers and those who kill police

Erika Holt
May 15, 2018

"We then will impose the loss of life penalty in IL".

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.

What Rauner calls " death penalty murder" would be restricted to adults who kill police officers or kill two or more people.

Bruce Rauner on Monday called for reviving the death penalty in his state, which banned the practice in 2011 and has not carried out an execution in almost two decades.

"If someone is perhaps on the verge of committing suicide, if someone is potentially a unsafe person and they have violent acts in mind, that extra two days could make the difference between life and death", Rauner said Monday at a news conference in Chicago.

From here 3 things could happen, the legislature could do nothing and the bill dies, they approve the proposal, or they override it.

Brady was among the lawmakers who voted in favor of the original gun bill sent to the governor, which Rauner on Monday used his amendatory veto authority to alter. "These individuals who commit mass murder, individuals who choose to murder a law enforcement officer, they deserve to have their life taken". The death penalty issue in IL was examined and debated for years in light of notorious incidents of wrongly convicted defendants sent to death row. Gov. Rauner plans to veto legislation that would require gun retailers to be licensed by the state of IL.

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Nebraska recently came close to abolishing the death penalty before reversing course. In his address Monday, the governor credited work by House Republicans on a public safety task force that included Brady, who indicated support for numerous governor's proposals.

"There are plenty of cases where there's no doubt who's guilty", Rauner said at his news conference. IL has seen the harm that a flawed death penalty system can do, all while adding nothing to our public safety.

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IL senator Dave Koehler says he believes Rauner's announcement is a tactic used to kill the gun bill as a whole.

Democrats pushed back. Senate President John Cullerton of Chicago said in a statement that "the death penalty should never be used as a political tool to advance one's agenda". He says it would apply to offenders 18 and over that prosecutors charge with killing peace officers or two or more people without lawful justification. "Suggesting a return to this failed policy is particularly disappointing from a Governor who has proclaimed that the concept of redemption must be a critical part of criminal justice reforms".

"Doing so is in large part why we had so many problems and overturned convictions", Cullerton said.

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".

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