Rauner Wants To Reinstate Death Penalty To Curb Violence

May 14, 2018


  Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner wants to reinstate the death penalty in the state for mass murderers and those who kill police officers.

Rauner put the provision in legislation he rewrote Monday. The bill extends the waiting period to 72 hours for delivery of assault-style weapons.


Currently it’s 24 hours. Rauner approved the waiting period but used amendatory veto authority to add other measures, including restoration of capital punishment in heinous crimes.


Illinois abolished the death penalty in 2011. Rauner also added a ban on bump stocks that speed up rifle firing rates and authorization for officials to take weapons from dangerous individuals.


The legislation returns to the General Assembly. Democrats who control the House and Senate must approve the plan for it to become law.