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  1. ^ the 6 victims were: Willie Fredd, Albert Pearson, Kevin Kaiser, Kenny Faust, Richard Boeck, and Donald Rains, the latter 2 victims were killed in Wisconsin. ^ This was the last execution held at the Stateville Correctional Center in Crest Hill. ^ This was the first execution held at the Tamms Correctional Center in Tamms. References

    • 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. 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) --...

  3. Mar 9, 2011 · Here are the dates the inmates were placed on death row, followed by their name and a brief description of the crime for which they were convicted: 1: Feb. 27, 2003 — Anthony Mertz, for the...

  4. Jan 11, 2023 · 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.

  5. The Death Penalty Information Center pro­vides essen­tial sta­tis­tics like exe­cu­tion num­bers, death row pop­u­la­tion, and mur­der rates for each state. We also pro­vide his­tor­i­cal back­ground on the death penal­ty in each state, includ­ing abo­li­tion­ist states.

  6. Democratic Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation on March 9, 2011, to abolish the death penalty in Illinois to go into effect July 1, 2011, and commuted the death sentences of the fifteen inmates on Illinois' death row to life imprisonment.

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