During the last days of the 96th General Assembly, we witnessed representatives and senators address some of the most controversial pieces of legislation in years. It was inspiring to see our elected officials sort through tough issues that they could have easily voted against, with little to no backlash from their constituents. Instead, many of them made courageous votes on several contentious issues: an income tax increase (passed), civil unions (passed), medical marijuana (failed), and the repeal of the death penalty in Illinois (passed).
Governor Quinn has announced that he will decide within 30 days whether to sign or veto the death penalty repeal bill and that he is waiting to hear from the public on this issue. We have been told by our friends at the Illinois Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty that State’s Attorneys throughout Illinois have undertaken a campaign to swamp the Governor with calls urging him to veto the bill.
The Illinois Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (ICADP) is also urging proponents of the repeal to call the Governor’s office to ask the Governor to sign the death penalty repeal bill. For those who support the abolition of the death penalty, be sure to leave your name when you make your call. Then, ask your partners, roommates, and anyone within shouting distance of your voice to do the same.
It is extremely important the Governor hear from as many Illinoisans as possible—as soon as possible.
Go to www.icdap.org and take action NOW!