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Death Penalty

George Ryan
M. Spencer Green / AP

As an Illinois legislator, George Ryan believed the state’s death penalty was an effective means of deterring crime and punishing those convicted of the most heinous wrongdoing.

Seth Perlman / AP

Gov. Bruce Rauner's criminal justice adviser has told an Illinois House committee that Rauner's plan to reinstate the death penalty is designed to "avoid the legitimate objections" associated with the capital punishment law the state abandoned seven years ago.

Seth Perlman / AP

Gov. Bruce Rauner wants to reinstate the death penalty in Illinois for mass murderers and those who kill police officers.