The Huffington Post website reports today (March 13, 2011) that last week on Ash Wednesday, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed a law abolishing the death penalty in his state.
"I think it's the right and just thing to abolish the death penalty and punish those who commit heinous crimes -- evil people -- with life in prison without parole or any chance of release," Quinn said.
Quinn, who is Catholic, revealed that he turned to his faith -- to the Bible and the Catholic leaders and tradition -- in contemplating the bill lawmakers delivered to him in January.
The Illinois law takes effect July 1, 2011.