State Senator Says Illinois Should Bring Back The Death Penalty

September 12, 2015
 
The lethal injection room at San Quentin State Prison, completed in 2010.

The lethal injection room at San Quentin State Prison, completed in 2010.

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A lawmaker from southwestern Illinois is pushing to restore the death penalty in certain cases, including when police officers are killed.

 Alton Democratic state Senator Bill Haine says he plans to file a bill in the coming legislative session that would bring back capital punishment after it was formally abolished in 2011.

The lawmaker cites the recent shooting death of a Fox Lake police officer in northern Illinois and the Charleston, South Carolina church shooting in which nine worshippers were killed. 

No inmates have been executed in Illinois since former Republican Governor George Ryan commuted the death sentences of all death row prisoners in 2000.

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