death penalty


Member Of Violent Hobos “Supergang” Cooperating With Feds

They made their name robbing NBA stars and slaying federal informants, authorities say. But the Hobos, an ultra violent Chicago “supergang,” suffered a heavy blow Wednesday when a middle-ranking member confessed to his role in five murders — and vowed to help the government convict his former bosses.


Andrew Kokoraleis.

History Of The Death Penalty In Illinois

A botched execution this week in Oklahoma has renewed debate over the death penalty, a practice that was abandoned in Illinois by Gov. George Ryan in 2000.


Ricardo Harris (Booking Photo)

Convicted Killer, Former Death Row Inmate Dies In Prison

Ricardo Harris walked into an Oak Lawn liquor store on May 13, 1999 and shot four people with a handgun, killing two employees and wounding two sisters, leaving them for dead.


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Man Accused Of Six Murders Wants To Delay Trial

According to a motion filed in U.S. District Court in Hammond, Ind., attorneys for Juan Briseno say they are still going through evidence turned over by federal attorneys and will not be ready to start by the scheduled trial date of April 7.


Boston Marathon bombing. (Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

U.S. Prosecutors Seek Execution Of Marathon Suspect

The death penalty will be pursued against suspected bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

CBS Chicago–01/30/2014

Joseph Paul Franklin (Credit: Missouri Department of Corrections)

White Supremacist Serial Killer Executed In Missouri

Joseph Paul Franklin, a white supremacist who targeted blacks and Jews in a cross-country killing spree from 1977 to 1980, was put to death Wednesday in Missouri, the state’s first execution in nearly three years.


Anthony Porter walks out of the Cook County Jail  on Feb. 5, 1999, after more than 16 years on death row.  A group of Northwestern University journalism students developed information that led to a Wisconsin man confessing on videotape to the 1982 double-murder for which Porter was imprisoned. (Photo credit: JOHN ZICH/AFP/Getty Images)

Devine: ‘I Don’t Recall’ Any Questions Raised About Freeing Death Row Inmate

Former Cook County State’s Attorney Richard Devine has said he doesn’t remember one of his top prosecutors raising concerns about the innocence of a man who was freed from death row in 1999, in a case that became a catalyst to end the death penalty in Illinois.


Alstory Simon (Credit: Illinois Department of Corrections)

Police Union Wants Alvarez To Review Landmark 1982 Double Murder Conviction

The Chicago police union has asked the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office to examine a milestone double murder case, to see if the right man is behind bars.


Illinois State Capitol

Report: Downstate Lawmaker Seeking To Reinstate Death Penalty

A downstate lawmaker plans to introduce a bill to reinstate the death penalty in Illinois.

CBS Chicago–09/07/2012

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Not Enough Jurors Dooms Isom Case To Mistrial

The capital murder trial of a Gary man charged with killing his wife and stepchildren ended Wednesday in mistrial after running out of jurors.


Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn delivers his inaugural address after taking the oath of office during inaugural ceremonies Monday, Jan. 10, 2011 in Springfield. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

Death Penalty Layoffs

The recent abolishment of the death penalty in Illinois has also left some standing in the unemployment line.


Auburn Tigers

Muller: Does The NCAA Need To Bring Back The Death Penalty?

There are plenty of other things that I should be focused on besides college football, but I just can’t help myself…college football is a complete mess.


Photo of A State Death Chamber. (AP Photo)

State Rep. Seeks To Reinstate Death Penalty

Just a week after Gov. Pat Quinn signed a bill eliminating the death penalty in Illinois, attempts are being made to reinstate it.

CBS Chicago–03/18/2011

Andrew Urdiales

Killer Escapes Death In Illinois, But Still May Be Executed

Convicted serial killer Andrew Urdiales has escaped death row twice while in Illinois, but he could face it a third time if extradited to California.

CBS Chicago–03/11/2011

Cathy Drobney

Many Angry About Ban On Death Penalty

Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a bill abolishing the death penalty in Illinois, and many people are angry that inmates on death row will now live.

CBS 2–03/10/2011

Gov. Pat Quinn (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

Gov. Quinn Puts Off Decision On Death Penalty

State Sen. Kwame Raoul is stopping short of saying that President Obama tipped his hand, or lobbied Gov. Pat Quinn, on Illinois’ bill that would abolish the death penalty.

WBBM Newsradio–03/05/2011

Gov. Pat Quinn (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

Deadline Looms For Quinn On Death Penalty Bill

As the deadline looms for Gov. Pat Quinn to act on a proposal to ban the death penalty, opponents of the bill are plotting their response.

WBBM Newsradio–03/04/2011

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)

Madigan Says Death Penalty Should Stay In Place

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.

WBBM Newsradio–03/02/2011

George Ryan

George Ryan Discusses Clemency, Death-Penalty Decisions In Court Deposition

The incarcerated former governor was compelled to answer questions about how he dealt with prisoners’ clemency requests, during a deposition taken at a federal prison.


Gov. Pat Quinn (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

Quinn Nears Decision On Death Penalty Bill

Gov. Pat Quinn is nearing a decision on the controversial bill that would abolish the death penalty in Illinois.