The ban on executions goes to Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, who must sign the legislation for it to become law. During last fall's campaign, Quinn said he supports "capital punishment when applied carefully and fairly," but also backs the 10-year-old moratorium on executions.
The Senate voted 32-25 to approve the ban, with two members voting present.
This celebratory tiara was given to Dori Gates at her retirement party after working for 30+ years at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. If Gates lived in Illinois, she'd be living in a state deemed "worst" for retirees. (Via Flickr/ stevendepolo)