Illinois politician supports state death penalty abolition - KMOV.com

Illinois politician supports state death penalty abolition

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois Senate President John Cullerton says he supports abolishing the death penalty after a historic House vote to repeal it.

But the Chicago Democrat stopped short Thursday of saying he would ask other senators to support abolition.

Cullerton says it's a very personal decision, and people should vote their conscience.

The House voted 60-54 Thursday on a measure repealing the death penalty. Supporters called for an end to what they called "the tragic story of the death penalty."

Illinois has executed 12 people since the mid-1970s. But 20 have been released from Death Row because of doubts about their guilt.

A House tally earlier Thursday came up short. But the issue was raised again and passed with the required 60 votes.

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The bill is SB3539.

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Online: www.ilga.gov

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