Gov. Rauner seeks to reinstate death penalty

Gov. Rauner seeks to reinstate death penalty

Gov. Rauner seeks to reinstate death penalty

"And they deserve to give up their life when they take the life of a police officer, our heroes, or they take the life of many people".

"I don't believe that this is anything other than very good policy, widely supported by the people of Illinois", Rauner said of the death penalty proposal while at the Illinois State Police forensic laboratory in Chicago. "And there are many instances the place there's little doubt who's responsible and so they deserve to surrender their life after they take the lifetime of a police officer".

Rauner's proposal and his amendatory veto on Monday came as state lawmakers are looking to finish their work in the next two weeks, including passing a state budget. Former Gov.George Ryan put a moratorium on executions in 2000, and Rauner's predecessor Pat Quinn signed the law abolishing the death penalty in 2011.

Kane County State's Attorney Joe McMahon says that, "this proposed law offers protections for the public and ensures that the most violent criminals - the worst of the worst - and career criminals are held accountable".

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The release says the definition of "mass murderer" would be for anyone who is convicted of murdering two or more people and who was, "found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt".

"Illinois' death penalty history showed how arbitrary and unreliable the death sentence was and how susceptible it was to official misconduct", Dunham said.

But Robert Dunham, executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center in Washington, D.C., said IL is rife with examples of recanted eyewitness testimony and confessions beaten out of suspects by police.

"Doing so is in large part why we had so many problems and overturned convictions", Cullerton said.

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The proposal also calls to make judges and prosecutors explain why charges are reduced in plea agreements for violent offenders in gun cases and more local revenue to hire resource officers and mental health workers to prevent and deal with student violence.

"We want to raise the standard because we recognize legitimate concerns about the death penalty", Rauner said. Supporters of Rauner's plan said it would better protect police.

Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D), the House majority leader, dismissed Rauner's call to reinstate the death penalty with a brief statement Monday.

Gov. Bruce Rauner proposed Monday reestablishing the loss of life penalty in IL for sure violent criminals.

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Nineteen states have abolished the death penalty, and IL is among the seven that have done so since 2007, according to the Death Penalty Information Center, which tracks capital punishment. The death penalty would not apply to defendants who "prove intellectual disability".

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