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The fight is not over. Even as we celebrate repeal HB 1738, a bill to reinstate the death penalty may come up for a vote in the House. The bill would restore the broken death penalty system that the Illinois General Assembly abolished only a few months ago.
Your action is required. Please give your representatives a call as soon as possible asking them to vote 'No' on HB 1738. You can reach them by calling the capitol switchboard number at (217) 782-2000 and asking for your legislator by name.
Join us in honoring Governor Pat Quinn, State Senator Kwame Raoul, State Representative Karen Yarbrough and special guests for their outstanding advocacy for repeal of the death penalty in Illinois.
When: April 20th, 2011 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Where: Architectural Anarchy (www.architecturalanarchy.com)
Hors d'oeuvres and cocktails will be served. Proceeds from this event will establish the ICADP LEGACY FUND, ensuring Illinois remains a death penalty-free state for future generations.
Register online by clicking here: http://icadp.org/civicrm/event/register?id=1043&reset=1 . Or send a check (made out to ICADP) to our office.
We look forward to celebrating with you!
Let Gov. Quinn know that we are proud of his decision to repeal the death penalty in Illinois.
You can call him at his offices:
Springfield Phone: 217-782-0244
Chicago Phone: Phone: 312-814-2121
Or send him an e-mail by clicking this link:
You can say, "I am so thrilled of your decision to repeal the death penalty in Illinois. Thank you for your commitment to justice!"
A roundup of media coverage on Quinn's decision to repeal Illinois' death penalty yesterday:
IL Statehouse News: http://illinois.statehousenewsonline.com/5306/quinn-ends-dealth-penalty-...
Daily Herald: http://dailyherald.com/article/20110309/news/703099952/
ABC Chicago: http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&id=8002832
Chicago Sun Times: http://www.suntimes.com/4213113-417/gov.-pat-quinn-signs-bill-repealing-...
Chicago Tribune: http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/clout_st/2011/03/quinn-signs-death-p...
Tribune Editorial: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-edit-quinn-2011...
CNN Blog: http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2011/03/09/illinois-governor-signs-death-penal...
Fox Chicago: http://www.myfoxchicago.com/dpp/news/metro/death-penalty-execution-aboli...
WGN TV: http://www.wgntv.com/news/wgntv-death-penalty-ban--march8,0,1478726.story
Peoria Journal Star: http://www.pjstar.com/news/x617854346/Peoria-fire-victims-mother-support...
Capitol Fax Blog: http://capitolfax.com/2011/03/09/quinn-signs-death-penalty-bill-commutes...
Wand TV: http://www.wandtv.com/global/story.asp?s=14218357
Illinois Radio Network: http://www.altondailynews.com/afullstory.cfm?newsfile=2011-03-10-34_More...
Illinois Issues Blog: http://illinoisissuesblog.blogspot.com/2011/03/illinois-abolishes-death-...
BBC News: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-12693741
Kane County Chronicle: http://www.kcchronicle.com/2011/03/09/death-penalty-abolition-will-have-...
The historic moment has arrived! Today, March 9th, 2011 Illinois joins the ranks of New Jersey, New Mexico, and New York in repealing the death penalty. This morning at 11:30am, Gov. Quinn signed SB 3539 into law and commuted the sentences of the 15 people currently on death row. Illinois no longer has a death penalty! Please take a minute to call the Governor and thank him for making this monumental decision OR send him an e-mail by clicking this link:
Though Quinn's was the final signature, there was no small part in this decades-long effort for repeal, and each of us should take pride in what we accomplished together. We could not have done this without your dedication and support.
From all of us at the Coalition: Thank You.
And now, let's celebrate!