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  1. List of people executed in Illinois. Abolition of death penalty. Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation on March 9, 2011, to abolish the death penalty in Illinois. All fifteen death row inmates in the state had their sentences commuted to life imprisonment without parole. [5] See also. Capital punishment in Illinois.

    • History of The Death Penalty
    • Notable Exonerations
    • Famous Cases
    • Notable Commutations/Clemencies
    • Milestones in Abolition/Reinstatement

    Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Gregg v. Georgia, Illinois’s state legislature voted to reinstate capital punishment in 1974. The first execution under the new statute was that of Charles Walker in 1990, followed by eleven more executions until the final Illinois execution was carried out in 1999. All executions in Illinois since 197...

    Anthony Porter: Convicted in 1983 for a double murder committed near a pool on Chicago’s South Side, Porter spent nearly 17 years on Illinois’s death row for a crime he did not commit, all the while maintaining his innocence. The case was broken by investigator Paul Ciolino working with Professor David Protess and journalism students from Northwest...

    The most notorious death penalty case in the history of Illinois, indeed one of the most famous in the United States, was that of infamous serial killer John Wayne Gacy. Gacy murdered 33 victims between 1972 and 1978. All of his victims were boys between the age of 14 and 21. In March of 1980 Gacy was convicted of the 33 murders and sentenced to de...

    The exoneration and release in 1999 of death row inmate Anthony Porter sparked a statewide debate on the death penalty and its merits. Shortly after Porter’s release, Governor George Ryandeclared a moratorium on executions and established a special Governor’s Commission to study the death penalty system as administered in Illinois. Just 2 days befo...

    The Illinois legislature passed a death penalty reinstatement bill in 1973, following the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down all existing death penalty laws in 1972. That law took effect on July 1, 1974, but was struck down by the Illinois Supreme Court in 1975. On June 21, 1977, Governor James Thompson signed a new reinstatement bill that was...

  2. This is a complete list of all inmates executed in Illinois since the reinstatement of the Death Penalty in 1976.

  3. Jan 11, 2023 · Clemency. Illinois. January 11, 2023 marks the twentieth anniversary of former Illinois Governor George Ryan’s decision to grant clemency to every death row prisoner in Illinois, the largest blanket clemency in the modern era of the death penalty.

  4. Jan 11, 2023 · Tuesday, January 10, 2023. Former Republican Illinois Governor George Ryan says he has no regrets after he commuted 167 inmates on death row to life in prison 20 years ago. CHICAGO (WLS) --...

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  5. Today in Illinois 4,300 people are serving life or virtual life sentences, a jaw-dropping two-thirds of them Black. Only four states incarcerate a higher proportion of Black people with life sentences. This statistic mirrors the racial makeup of Illinoisdeath row population in 2002 ( https://www.prisonpolicy.org/scans/aclu_dp_factsheet4.pdf ).

  6. Illinois used death by hanging as a form of execution until 1928. The last person executed by this method was the public execution of Charles Birger the same year. After being struck down by Furman v. Georgia in 1972, the death penalty was reinstated in Illinois on July 1, 1974, but voided by the Supreme Court of Illinois in 1975.

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