death penalty

Gov. Pat Quinn

Wrongfully Convicted Urge Quinn To Abolish Death Penalty

Four men freed from prison after being wrongly convicted and sentenced to death are making a public plea to Gov. Pat Quinn.

CBS Chicago–02/14/2011

Prison fence

Man Fights Death Penalty For Dad’s Killer

A Chicago man, whose father was murdered more than a decade ago, is trying to stop the execution of the man who was convicted of the murder.

CBS Chicago–02/11/2011

Laurence Lovejoy (CBS)

No Death Sentence For Man Who Killed Stepdaughter

It took a DuPage County jury less than an hour to find that a Naperville man was guilty – a second time – of murdering his stepdaughter, but the jury declined to send him back to death row.

CBS Chicago–02/10/2011

Gov. Pat Quinn (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

Gov. Quinn ‘Still Listening To Both Sides’ On Death Penalty

Earlier this month the General Assembly voted to abolish the death penalty. But Gov. Quinn has yet to sign the legislation.


Sheila Simon

Simon To Quinn: Abolish The Death Penalty

Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon is adding her two cents to the debate over whether to abolish the death penalty in Illinois.

CBS Chicago–01/25/2011

Laurence Lovejoy (CBS)

Naperville Man’s Murder Retrial Starts This Week

The re-trial starts this week for a Naperville man whose conviction and death sentence for murdering his step-daughter seven years ago were overturned by the State Supreme Court.


Kevin Fox (left) and Jerry Hobbs addressed the media Friday. (CBS)

Fox, Hobbs Call For Mandatory DNA Testing

Gov.Quinn has yet to commit to signing a law that would abolish the death penalty in Illinois. But two men who could have faced capital punishment are speaking out today.


Prison fence

GOP State Senator Pushes For Limited Death Penalty

If Governor Quinn signs the legislation to abolish the death penalty at least one state senator says he will try and get a law in place that allows for limited capital punishment.


Governor Pat Quinn (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Quinn Lobbied Hard By Death Penalty Foes To Sign Repeal

Netsch: Quinn aide says governor likely to sign bill.

WBBM Newsradio–01/13/2011

Prison fence

Ban Wouldn’t Affect Current Death Row Inmates

More than a dozen inmates on Illinois’ death row would still be eligible to be put to death, even if Gov. Pat Quinn signs into law a repeal of the death penalty.

CBS Chicago–01/13/2011

Jeanine Nicarico

Nicarico’s Father: Keep Death Penalty In Illinois

The father of the murdered 10-year-old Jeanine Nicarico of Naperville says he believes a repeal of the death penalty in Illinois would be wrong.

CBS Chicago–01/12/2011

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn. (AP File Photo/M. Spencer Green)

Quinn Won’t Commit To Signing Death Penalty Ban

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn won’t say if he plans to sign legislation abolishing capital punishment.


Illinois Senate Chambers

Lawmakers Vote To Abolish Death Penalty In Illinois

Illinois lawmakers have approved legislation to abolish the death penalty in Illinois, sending the measure to Gov. Pat Quinn on the last day of the lame-duck legislative session.


Illinois State Capitol

New House Vote OKs Repeal Of Death Penalty

Less than two hours after their first vote failed, Illinois House members voted Thursday evening to abolish the death penalty in Illinois.

CBS Chicago–01/06/2011

Illinois State Capitol

UPDATE: 2nd Illinois House Vote OKs Death Penalty Repeal

Less than two hours after their first vote failed, Illinois House members voted Thursday evening to abolish the death penalty in Illinois.

CBS Chicago–01/06/2011

Illinois Death Row

Lawmakers To Debate Abolishing Death Penalty

Illinois legislators are about to begin the debate over whether the death penalty should be done away with for good.

CBS Chicago–12/30/2010

Illinois Death Row

Measure To Abolish Death Penalty Advances In Springfield

An Illinois House committee has endorsed a proposal to abolish the death penalty.

CBS Chicago–11/30/2010

Texas Execution Gurnee

Illinois, Indiana Officials Examine Death Penalty

Officials in both Illinois and Indiana are taking another look at the death penalty.

CBS Chicago–11/29/2010

Photo of A State Death Chamber. (AP Photo)

Death Penalty Opponents ‘Within Striking Distance’ Of Permanent Ban

Opponents of capital punishment say now is the time, and are preparing to lobby lawmakers in Springfield to turn Illinois’ 10-year moratorium on executions into a permanent ban.

WBBM Newsradio–11/12/2010

Election Poll

Poll: Most Illinoisans Favor Death Penalty, Same-Sex Marriage

A majority of Illinois voters believe the moratorium on enforcing the state’s death penalty should be lifted, nearly 73 percent of them believe that gays and lesbians should be allowed to serve openly in the military and two-thirds favor legal marriage or civil unions for same-sex couples, all according to a poll released over the weekend.