At Issue: Reviving Death Penalty Bad Idea, Lori Lightfoot Says

Craig Dellimore
May 18, 2018 - 5:05 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Chicago mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot is criticizing Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposal to revive the Illinois death penalty, for some crimes.

WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports.

Lightfoot, a former federal prosecutor who led the Chicago Police Board, notes the state’s death penalty was abolished in 2011 after several notorious cases of wrongful convictions in capital cases.

“Not so long ago, we were seeing exoneration after exoneration of people who had sat on death row for years and years and years,” Lightfoot said.

The issue is settled as law and public policy, said Lightfoot, who opposed the death penalty.

Rauner, a Republican running for re-election, has suggested reinstating the Illinois death penalty for people who kill police officers or commit mass murders.

Lightfoot is this week’s guest on “At Issue,” which airs 9:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. Sunday.