Illinois governor finally signs bill outlawing death penalty

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 11 March 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1611
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

After two months of consideration, Governor Pat Quinn of Illinois, a Democrat and a Roman Catholic, finally signed the law repealing the death penalty in this Midwest state. The law was passed by both houses of the state legislature in January but required his signature to become law (BMJ 2011;342:d323, doi:10.1136/bmj.d323). It takes effect on 1 July.

Illinois has now become the 16th state to outlaw capital punishment. It may suggest a trend in states of the upper Midwest. Although 34 US states still have the death penalty, many have not executed any …

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