UPDATE Jan. 6, 2011 6:47 p.m. : Via the Associated Press, The Illinois House, reversing an earlier tally, has voted 60-54 to repeal the death penalty. The bill now goes to the Illinois Senate.
A decades-long effort to abolish the death penalty in Illinois has fallen one vote shy of House approval.
House members voted 59-58 Thursday on abolition. The bill needed 60 votes for approval.
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