The American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois is opposed to Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposal to reintroduce the death penalty for some offenders.
“Seven years after Illinois ended the flawed, racially-biased death penalty in our state, Governor Bruce Rauner today used an amendatory veto to write this ineffective system back into law. Illinois has seen the harm that a flawed death penalty system can do, all while adding nothing to our public safety. Suggesting a return to this failed policy is particularly disappointing from a Governor who has proclaimed that the concept of redemption must be a critical part of criminal justice reforms," said Khadine Bennett, Advocacy and Intergovernmental Affairs Director at the ACLU of Illinois. "We urge the legislature to reject this approach."
Rauner has called for the death penalty for "mass murderers" and suspects who kill law enforcement officers as part of a "public safety package" introduced via amendatory veto at a Monday press conference in Chicago. Former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, a Democrat, signed a death penalty ban in 2011, after former Gov. George Ryan, a Republican, introduced a moratorium on the death penalty in 2001.