State Senator Collins Opposes Gov. Rauner’s Call for Death Penalty Reinstatement

 

SPRINGFIELD, IL – In response to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s amendatory veto of House Bill 1468, in which he called for a reinstatement of the death penalty, Illinois State Senator Jacqueline Collins issued the following statement today:

“Just as darkness cannot drive out darkness, death cannot deter death. The day Governor George Ryan declared a moratorium on the death penalty in Illinois was a day humanity prevailed over brutality,” Collins said. “The state is tasked with dispensing justice, but it should not be in the business of taking away the gift of life. This move by Governor Rauner is shortsighted and shocking in its cynicism. I oppose his recommendation and I urge all my colleagues and all those who value life to voice their opposition as well.”