Illinois is one of nineteen states in the United States that does not have the death penalty, but that may change.
Lost in the shuffle of the rush to try to pass a budget by the end of June was a bill, HB 4231, that would reinstate the death penalty.
Illinois hasn’t used capital punishment since March 17, 1999, when convicted murderer Andrew Korkaleis was put to death for his role in the murders of a half-dozen women in the Chicago area in the early 1980s. The state established a moratorium on the death penalty in 2003. Former Governor Pat Quinn formally abolished the death penalty in 2011, commuting the sentences of fifteen death row inmates to life imprisonment.
The bill, sponsored by Representative Adam Brown (R-Champaign), calls for an automatic appeal to the Supreme Court of any death sentence. It has received a first reading and is currently assigned to the House Rules Committee.