PI Original Adam Doster Friday February 6th, 2009, 12:42pm

Quinn To Preserve Death Penalty Moratorium

Although he still faces a
daunting economic crisis that requires immediate and urgent action, Lt.
Gov. Pat Quinn has already made several small-bore decisions progressives can
applaud. First came his first executive order bringing an independent ethics commission under the ...

Although he still faces a daunting economic crisis that requires immediate and urgent action, Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn has already made several small-bore decisions progressives can applaud. First came his first executive order bringing an independent ethics commission under the governor’s control. Yesterday, he appointed Marc Miller director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, a move Sierra Club Illinois director Jack Darin called “a very strong first step to rebuilding Illinois’ ability to protect Illinois’ wildlife, water, and special places.” And today, Quinn vowed not to remove the state’s death penalty moratorium:

The Democrat who last week replaced ousted former Gov. Rod Blagojevich says he supports capital punishment. But he says he worries innocent people have been sent to Illinois’ death row.

During a visit to Collinsville on Friday, Quinn said he wants to make sure there are adequate safeguards to make sure no one is put to death improperly in Illinois. He says that would weigh on everyone’s conscience.

Quinn’s assurance is especially important because momentum has been building among some state lawmakers to overturn the moratorium -- this despite the fact that the state’s criminal justice and police accountability systems still need major overhauls (PDF).

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