Death penalty eliminated by Illinois governor

Posted Mar 9, 2011 by Matt Harding
On Wednesday, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed into law a ban on the death penalty in his state. The sentences of 15 death row inmates have been changed to life without parole.
Pat Quinn  governor of Illinois
Pat Quinn, governor of Illinois
Gov. Pat Quinn (D-Ill.) abolished the death penalty in his state today. The Illinois House passed the bill last week and the Senate passed it Tuesday.
The Chicago Tribune reports that the governor followed his conscience.
His strong belief in eliminating the death penalty was evident in his commutation of the 15 inmates on death row.
After signing the bill into law, the governor said, "Fellow citizens, we cannot escape history. I think it’s the right, just thing to abolish the death penalty."
With the new law in place, Illinois becomes the 16th state in the nation without a death penalty. New York and New Jersey both eliminated their death penalties in 2007; New Mexico did the same in 2009.
Of course, this law brings about an unsettling tone for many; anger for others.
Terrell Bosley, whose 18-year-old son was killed in front of a church on Chicago's South Side, says of the men on death row, "I don't want them to breathe the air that I breathe."