Springfield… State Representative John M. Cabello (R-Machesney Park) has filed legislation to reinstate the death penalty in Illinois. House Bill 4059 would eliminate the language abolishing the death penalty that was passed in 2011 and creates the Capital Crimes Litigation Act of 2015. Rep. Cabello filed the legislation in response to the most heinous crimes involved in first degree murder charges.
“We need a mechanism in place for the criminals who decide to commit a heinous act that results in a violent death,” said Rep. Cabello. “This legislation is aimed to combat the worst of the worst. Criminals that decided to take the life of a first responder, child or multiple victims should have consequences that justify their actions.”
The bill narrows the list for prosecutors seeking capital punishment for a convicted first degree murderer to the murder of a peace officer, correctional employee or fireman while performing his or her duties, multiple murders, murder of a child under the age of 12, murder committed on school grounds, and murder as a result of terrorism.
“The bill is in the beginning stages,” said Rep. Cabello. “It’s still in rules and it may never be heard in committee, but I believe this legislation deserves the opportunity to be discussed. I will be working with legislators on both sides of the aisle as we move through the process.”
If passed, Illinois would become the 33rd State with the death penalty. House Bill 4059 currently sits in House Rules until it is assigned to a committee to be heard.