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Help Illinois Abolish the Death Penalty

December 2nd, 2010

On November 30, an important victory was achieved in the Illinois State House Judiciary Committee when the committee voted to recommend passage of SB 3539 – the Death Penalty repeal bill. The bill – SB3539 creates a new fund supporting law enforcement training and services for families of murder victims. The bill is now headed to the State’s House floor for a vote.

Last week, the Oblate JPIC office joined other religious leaders and organizations in supporting abolition of the death penalty in Illinois. The JPIC office provided action alerts and educational resources on the death penalty repeal effort to Oblates and associates in the Illinois area. We asked them to call state legislators urging them to repeal the death penalty. There has been a positive response by Illinois Oblates and associates to this campaign. Ending the use of the Death Penalty is an important issue within the Missionary Oblates JPIC Consistent Life initiative.

The Illinois State House has adjourned without taking action on the bill, but state legislators will return to work in early January 2011 for yet another “lame duck” session. There is an urgent need to keep the pressure on. Your friends and family who live in Illinois can still take action to end the use of the death penalty at Illinois Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.

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