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Primary outcome raises concerns about future of death penalty moratorium

On Tuesday, two pro-death penalty candidates and former prosecutors won their parties’ nomination for the governor’s race this November. Abolitionists say they have their work cut out for them to preserve the death penalty moratorium – and ultimately to end the death penalty in Illinois. Chris Geovanis of Chicago Indymedia reports:
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Illinois is a bell-weather state in the national campaign to abolish the death penalty. Two years ago, conservative Republican governor Bill Ryan imposed a moratorium on the death penalty after 13 death row inmates -- one of whom came within hours of execution -- were ultimately exonerated and released. On Tuesday, two pro-death penalty candidates and former prosecutors -- Republican attorney general Jim Ryan and Democratic congressman Rod Blagojevich (blah GOY oh vich) -- won their parties’ nomination for the governor’s race this November. Abolitionists say they have their work cut out for them to preserve the moratorium -- and ultimately to end the death penalty in Illinois. Chris Geovanis of Chicago Indymedia reports:
 
 

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