Lt gov urges Quinn to abolish death penalty

January 25, 2011 8:42:59 AM PST
Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon is urging her boss, Governor Pat Quinn, to sign legislation ending the death penalty in Illinois.

Simon sent the governor a letter Monday. In it she noted that since 1977 20 people sentenced to death in Illinois have been freed because they were later found innocent or because the cases against them collapsed.

The death penalty ban recently passed by the Illinois General Assembly was sent to Quinn on January 18. He has 60 days to decide whether to sign it.