Pritzker won’t support death penalty coming back to Illinois

J.B. Pritzker
J.B. Pritzer says he would support a debate about reinstituting the death penalty, but says it should be separate from gun laws. (Photo courtesy Facebook/J.B. Pritzker)


SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Bruce Rauner wants the death penalty back in Illinois. It’s part of a plan of action he has along with some gun control measures to increase public safety.

His Democrat challenger for governor, J.B. Pritzker, said the death penalty debate shouldn’t be tied to gun control and it shouldn’t become part of Illinois’ justice system again.

“I happen to disagree with the repeal, but I think it’s worthy of debate, If he wants to raise it as a separate issue,” Prizker said. “Instead he’s muddying the waters with gun safety legislation,” Pritzker said.

Rauner’s move to reinstate the death penalty comes as part of an amendatory veto that will be debated and voted on by lawmakers.


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