State Rep From Freeport Co-Sponsors Death Penalty Bill For Illinois
Barrington Hills, IL Rep. David McSweeney filed a bill to reinstate the death penalty in Illinois.
“I don’t know if I’m going to get a hearing in the short run, but I’m sure going to focus on trying to get one, we still have violence and violent criminals in Illinois, and I hope we get (the death penalty) back. We need to get tough on crime.” - IL Rep. David McSweeney
This state bill has one Illinois co-sponsor, Freeport's Republican Rep. Andrew Chesney.
Eight years ago former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed a law eliminating the death penalty.
Ed Yohnka is against bringing the death penalty back to Illinois. Mr. Yohnka is a spokesperson for the "Illinois Chapter of The American Civil Liberties Union." He believes the death penalty in flawed:
“The supposed link between the death penalty and deterrence has never been proven, and to roll in mass shootings in Texas, a state that actually executes more inmates than any other state in the country, the idea somehow that it’s going to bar or deter mass shootings is just fantasy.” - Ed Yohnka