Gov. Bruce Rauner appears on "At Issue." (WBBM Newsradio/Craig Dellimore)

At Issue: Rauner Stands By Idea To Revive Death Penalty

October 12, 2018 - 3:44 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- With a tough re-election battle underway, Gov. Bruce Rauner is not wavering from his suggestion that Illinois reinstate the death penalty for certain kinds of murder.

Illinois hasn’t executed anyone since 1999. The death penalty was abolished in the state after several death-row inmates were exonerated or allowed new trials.

Republican Rauner says the death penalty is appropriate for mass murderers and those who kill police officers.

“We could have more deterrence, plus more justice, if we brought back the death penalty – for anyone who’s guilty beyond any doubt,” he said. “There are clearly cases where someone is guilty beyond any doubt whatsoever, not even a shred of a doubt.”

This could be an attractive issue with more conservative voters.

Rauner is the guest on “At Issue,” which runs 9:30 p.m. Sunday on WBBM Newsradio.

J.B. Pritzker, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate, is slated to appear on the show the following weekend.