Raoul on Governor’s Approval of Death Penalty Abolition

SPRINGFIELD – The lawmakers who shepherded through the General Assembly legislation to abolish the death penalty today issued statements after Governor Pat Quinn approved Senate Bill 3539 – ending the punishment of death in Illinois.   

“While a moratorium was appropriate for years in order to allow us to evaluate and suggest reforms to improve our criminal justice system, today we recognize that no set of reforms will eliminate the fact that human beings are flawed.   I am thankful that the exonerated, victims, former prosecutors, religious leaders and legislators on a bipartisan basis came together to make this historic day possible.  Today we join the rest of the civilized world. God Bless Illinois!”  - State Senator Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago)

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