Death Penalty

Events

High Profile Exonerations

1995 - 1999

Anthony Porter exonerated

February 5, 1999

Chicago Tribune investigative report

November 14, 1999 - November 19, 1999

Gov. Ryan places moratorium on executions

January 31, 2000

Moratorium

January 31, 2000 - March 11, 2011

Blagojevich elected governor

November 2002

Gov. Ryan clears death row

January 11, 2003

Legislators approve death penalty reforms

May 30, 2003

Chicago Tribune endorses abolition

March 25, 2007

Quinn elected governor

November 2008

Legislature abolishes death penalty

January 2011

Quinn signs abolition into law

March 9, 2011