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Illinois lawmaker wants to reinstate the death penalty

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WTVO) — A lawmaker is calling for the return of the death penalty in Illinois, following two mass shootings and a rash of gun violence in Chicago.

According to the News-Gazette, Rep. David McSweeny (R-Barrington Hills) said he will introduce some form of a measure aimed at overturning former Gov. Pat Quinn’s ban of capital punishment.

“Texas officials are pursuing the death penalty against the coward racist who targeted Mexican-Americans in El Paso. We should have that tool in the state of Illinois,” McSweeney the paper reported. “The time to act is now, because the death penalty is a deterrent that we need to protect our citizens. No one can argue the state of Illinois is a model for how to fight crime.”

McSweeny said that Quinn’s 2011 decision, which was based on fear of executing people with wrongful convictions, was based around DNA technology that was “light years” behind where it is now.

“I want to make sure there are safeguards,” he said.

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