IL proposes reinstating death penalty for mass murder, police killings

Gov. Rauner proposes gun control measures reinstating death penalty for some crimes	 	 	 			Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner

Gov. Rauner proposes gun control measures reinstating death penalty for some crimes Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner

As for the death penalty, Rauner says a jury would have to prove "beyond all doubt" that an alleged shooter is guilty before they could be sent to death row.

Trailing his challenger by double digits, Rauner's tossing some red meat to his conservative base.

In his version, the bill would bring back the death penalty for murdering a police officer, or two or more people. The death penalty provision is part of an amendatory veto of legislation that would have put a 72-hour waiting period for the purchase of assault weapons in place.

"Illinois studied its death penalty for over a decade and rightfully determined that it was broken beyond fix". Throughout a information convention, the Republican governor stated individuals who kill a police officer "deserve to surrender their life", the Chicago Solar-Instances reported. "Doing so is in large part why we had so many problems and overturned convictions".

"I'm all for it if someone was to commit those crimes", said Peoria resident George Turner. "You're saying that some lives are more valuable than other lives, and that's not acceptable". IL had executed 12 people in the decades since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated capital punishment in 1976, but 13 people had been freed because of questions about their guilt. Rauner also called for the General Assembly to pass the Gun Crime Charging and Sentencing Accountability and Transparency Act, which requires prosecutors and judges to explain the rationale for reduced charges in plea agreements involving violent gun offenders.

"There are plenty of cases where there's no doubt who's guilty", Rauner said at his news conference.

In a tweet, Rauner, a Republican, stated reinstating the loss of life penalty "reveals we now have no tolerance for such atrocities in our state". He also wants to let schools use sales tax money to hire resource officers or mental health workers. "And they deserve to give up their life when they take the life of a police officer, our heroes, or they take the life of many people".

"The governor's action today recognizes the need for a multi-pronged approach to dealing with deadly assaults", Bill Brady said.

Rauner, 61, a wealthy former private equity executive who was elected to office in 2014, escaped a tough challenge in the GOP primary in March from state Rep. Jeanne Ives, a conservative lawmaker from the Chicago suburb of Wheaton who argued Rauner was not taking a conservative enough tact on issues such as abortion, gun ownership and immigration.

The administration of Republican President Donald Trump has instructed federal prosecutors to seek the death penalty in drug-related cases whenever it is "appropriate", to counter America's epidemic of opioid abuse.

When asked why Rauner hadn't laid out his policy goals when lawmakers were crafting legislation earlier this year, Brady said, "Well, that's a better question for the governor".

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