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Illinois Capital Punishment Laws

In Illinois, capital punishment laws were not enforced after Gov. George Ryan (1999-2003) imposed a moratorium in 2000, citing flaws in the system (including wrongful convictions and inadequate defenses). The death penalty remained on the books until Gov. Pat Quinn signed a permanent ban on capital punishment more than one decade later. The sentences of those still on death row were commuted to life in prison.

Learn more about Illinois capital punishment laws (or the lack thereof) by following the links below. Check out FindLaw's Death Penalty section for more details about the history of capital punishment in the U.S.

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Is Capital Punishment Allowed? No
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Available for Crimes Other than Homicide? -
Definition of Capital Homicide -
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Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact an Illinois criminal defense attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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