Illinois governor gets hearing on reinstating death penalty

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — An Illinois House committee will take up Gov. Bruce Rauner's plan to reinstate the death penalty in certain cases.

The House Judiciary-Criminal Committee meets Monday for testimony on Rauner's proposals.  Rauner added the death penalty in an amendatory veto of legislation that would extend the waiting period for delivery of assault weapons to 72 hours.

Rauner's changes included imposing 72 hours' wait for all guns, a ban on bump stocks that speed rifle firing, authorizing confiscation of weapons from dangerous individuals and more.

After Rauner's announcement, House Speaker Michael Madigan went on record saying these issues deserve a full hearing before the house.  Democrats have already filed an amendment to the bill, containing the exact language the governor suggested.

It was during that same news conference, that Rauner announced he wants to reinstate the death penalty in Illinois.  He says it would be used in cases dealing with convicted cop killers and mass murderers.

Illinois hasn't used the death penalty since 1999.  It was followed by a moratorium in 2003, and then abolished by Governor Pat Quinn in 2011, due to the frightening number of wrongful convictions.

Illinois has executed 12 people on death row, but 19 others facing that same fate have been exonerated.

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