Illinois Governor proposed death penalty for murderers and those who kill police

Pauline Gross
May 15, 2018

Pat Quinn signed legislation that officially repealed the death penalty in 2011.

IL hasn't put a criminal to death since 1999's execution of Andrew Kokoraleis, a member of a satanic gang that raped, mutilated and murdered as many as 20 women in the Chicago area in the early 1980s.

In a release from the Governor's Office, Rauner says he wants the death penalty re-instated for,"mass murderers and anyone who kills a law enforcement agent".

"If he had wanted it for everyone, I would have disagreed with the principle, but when he puts police lives [as] more valuable than the black and brown children dying everyday then perhaps Gov. Rauner should be charged with a hate crime!"

"If someone is perhaps on the verge of committing suicide, if someone is potentially a unsafe person and they have violent acts in mind, that extra two days could make the difference between life and death", Rauner said Monday at a news conference in Chicago.

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Politicians up for election hunt everywhere for voter support, so very few proposals cause us to do spit takes.

The proposal is part of his amendatory veto plan for House Bill 1468, which he unveiled Monday and urges lawmakers to extend the 72-hour waiting period for delivery of all gun purchases in IL, ban bump stocks and trigger cranks and authorize restraining orders to disarm unsafe individuals. "These individuals who commit mass murder, individuals who choose to murder a law enforcement officer, they deserve to have their life taken". The death penalty would not apply to defendants who "prove intellectual disability".

The proposal was made as part of Rauner's response to a gun-control bill.

Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D), the House majority leader, dismissed Rauner's call to reinstate the death penalty with a brief statement Monday. They are an extended 72-hour waiting period for gun purchases, a ban on bumpstocks, the ability for law enforcement to disarm individuals they deem risky, after due process, and holding the courts accountable by making them explain why charges are reduced in plea agreements for violent offenders. Supporters of Rauner's plan said it would better protect police. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel backed the measure. "There is simply no good reason to bring it back, and doing so would run counter to conservative principles of fiscal responsibility, limited government, and the valuing life", said Heather Beaudoin, national coordinator of Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty. "We are intent on avoiding wrongful convictions and the injustice of inconsistency".

IL senator Dave Koehler says he believes Rauner's announcement is a tactic used to kill the gun bill as a whole. The Illinois Constitution says the governor may send a bill back "with specific recommendations for change", and Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan has repeatedly taken a narrow view of that power.

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