(Chicago, IL) — January 13, 2011. The day after the busiest lame-duck session of the General Assembly in recent history, Governor Pat Quinn said he was unsure whether he would approve the abolition of the death penalty.
The Chicago Democrat has in the past advocated for capital punishment. Quinn said Wednesday that he would follow his conscience, but would take into consideration what the residents of the state want, too.
“I think it’s important to listen to other people, to make sure all opinions are voiced. I do think the opinion of the members of the General Assembly expressed in the House and Senate is one that’s very serious indeed,” Quinn said.
Quinn said if he vetoes the abolition, it will die on the spot.
Normally, the Legislature would have the chance to override a governor’s veto. But since the new General Assembly sworn in on Wednesday didn’t pass the law, it can’t override a veto, Quinn said.
Andrew Thomason, Illinois Statehouse News