Lawmakers prepare response for Quinn’s death penalty decision – DailyHerald.com

Posted: March 5, 2011 by scaryhouse in Uncategorized

By Mike Riopell

SPRINGFIELD — With the clock ticking on the time Gov. Pat Quinn has to act on legislation that would abolish the death penalty, some suburban Republican lawmakers Thursday were already planning their response.

Rep. Dennis Reboletti of Elmhurst has proposed legislation that would call for a statewide advisory referendum on the death penalty if it’s abolished.

“I’m of the firm belief that the people of Illinois still support a death penalty,” he said.

Quinn has until later this month to sign or veto the legislation, but he could act sooner.

The governor has been secretive about his plans for the death penalty and a spokeswoman for Quinn wouldn’t describe them Thursday.

The governor has taken heat for taking his time with the decision. A DuPage County judge in January called the delay “grossly irresponsible.”

via Lawmakers prepare response for Quinn’s death penalty decision – DailyHerald.com.

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