Madigan Says Death Penalty Should Stay In Place

CHICAGO (WBBM) — As Gov. Pat Quinn continues weigh a decision whether to sign legislation abolishing the death penalty in Illinois, state Attorney General Lisa Madigan has made it clear she believes capital punishment should continue.

Illinois lawmakers narrowly approved legislation earlier this year that would end the death penalty in Illinois.

Quinn has said he will take his time and listen to debate from both sides of the issue before deciding whether to sign the measure, or veto it.

On Wednesday, Madigan said she believes the death sentence must be reserved for the worst of the worst criminals.

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“I have long believed that the death penalty is an appropriate punishment in cases where there have been multiple murders or a murder has been committed in a particularly heinous manner,” Madigan said.

The attorney general said that advances in DNA evidence testing have radically decreased the chances of innocent people being sentenced to death.

The House and Senate voted in January to abolish the death penalty in Illinois and sent the measure to Quinn’s desk.

The governor has until March 18th to either sign the legislation or veto it, or it will automatically become law.

If the governor vetoes the measure, lawmakers would not have a chance to override the veto, as a new General Assembly has been sworn in since lawmakers approved the legislation in January.

  • Love, hate for Lisa

    My love hate relationship with Lisa Madigan continues. Oh Lisa I love you to the ends of the Earth for saying the death penalty should remain. Praise you. Hold the phone, this is the end of the Earth when you want to release the names of gun owners while the press or the police will not even name a criminal until he has been charged with a crime. You have a disconnect and you should return to daddy’s knee to learn that politics is more important than being right or anything else for that matter. Grab the power and the money.

  • Mary Mitchell

    thanks lisa !
    cute inteligent white girl !

  • F U bleeding hearts

    I can’t believe I agree with Lisa Madigan on an issue. The sky must be falling!!!

  • concerned American

    can’t believe she is for the Death Penalty. Good for you. Now to get that Dumb A$$ Quinn to realize he needs to keep it here in Illinois. Technology has advanced alot so you are convicting the right people.
    Madigan get your priority right with the Foid issues. There is too much at risk by releasing that intormation to the public.

  • Down with the Death Penalty

    Trials for death penalty cases cost WAY to much money that the state does not have… Ban the death penalty for 5-10 years and review it when our finances are in order… Give those deviant aminals life without parole and throw away the key…
    Lisa Madigan, please do not give out the information that I am legally allowed to own a firearm… I do not want my firearm(s) stolen and used in a crime harming a innocent citizen…

  • Scott

    We need death penalty…. Most criminals get out on probaton, or arent even sent to jail.
    Withought the death penalty, our countrys murder rate would potentially spike by 39%. Do any of you want that?

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