Illinois House Committee Votes to Abolish Death Penalty

Springfield, IL – An Illinois House committee Thursday approved legislation that would ban executions in the state.

The bill, which now goes to the floor for a vote by the full House, was approved by the Judiciary Committee after dramatic testimony from men who were sentenced to die for crimes they said they did not commit.

Three years ago, then-Governor George Ryan halted executions in Illinois after 13 men on death row were found to have been wrongly convicted.