Several new laws take effect this month. Here's a rundown of what you need to know.
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois newest laws cover the spectrum from death to taxes to antifreeze. Illinois became the 16th state to abolish the death penalty, beginning Friday. Jeremy Schroeder, executive director of the Illinois Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, a grassroots organization that pushed for the abolition of the state's death penalty since 1976, said Gov. Pat Quinn, who signed the bill into law in March, ordered life sentences for anyone on death row, including defendants in a handful of death penalty cases statewide. "It's certainly kind of a sad waste of taxpayer money, knowing that those people aren't going to be placed on death row," Schroeder said. However, the law’s effective date likely will go unnoticed, he added. "…
The llinois Senate passed a ban on executions Tuesday with a 32-25 vote.
The Illinois State Senate voted to ban the death penalty in a 32-25 vote Tuesday afternoon. State Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) voted against the measure. The ban passed the House last week and now heads to Gov. Pat Quinn for approval. State Rep. Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) also voted "no." According to CBS Chicago, Durkin opposes the ban because he believes recent death penalty reforms have been successful in ensuring due process in capital cases. Illinois has not carried out an execution since former Gov. George Ryan placed a moratorium on the death penalty 10 years ago. That decision came after several Death Row inmates were found to be innocent. According to the Chicago Tribune, Quinn has yet to make a public …