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Take Action to Help End the Death Penalty in Illinois

Call Illinois Governor Quinn and ask him to sign the bill to end the death penalty

Illinois is just one signature away from becoming the 16th state without the death penalty! The General Assembly passed legislation to repeal the death penalty on January 11, 2011, and the bill is now awaiting Governor Pat Quinn’s signature.

Governor Quinn is encouraging people to contact his office with their opinions on the issue, and our friends in Illinois have asked for our help. In the past, Governor Quinn has indicated support for the death penalty, while also expressing concerns about the problems with the system. We need you to remind him that regardless of his position on the death penalty in principle, Illinois’s history has made clear that, in practice, the system is broken beyond repair. Illinois can no longer afford to keep its costly and error-ridden death penalty.

Please call Governor Quinn today and ask him to sign the death penalty repeal bill! You can reach the Governor at: Chicago Office – (312) 814-2121 Springfield Office – (217) 782-0244

You will likely speak with a member of the Governor’s staff, or be asked to leave a message on their voicemail. You can say something as simple as, “I want to encourage Gov. Quinn to sign the legislation to end the death penalty.” If you don’t get through to a person or voicemail, please try again.

NADP has set a goal of making 250 calls to Governor Quinn’s office. After you call - and please do call both numbers - please send a brief email to our office ( with the phrase “I HELPED IN ILLINOIS”. Indicate if you spoke with a live person or left a voicemail message. If anything interesting happens with your calls, please be sure to let me know so that I can pass that on to our colleagues in Illinois.

If you would like talking points or more information about this historic effort, please visit the Illinois Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty website at


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