• 20 years later: Former Gov. Ryan reflects on decision to end death penalty

    6 days ago - By WGN TV

    It's been 20 years since Illinois Gov. George Ryan captured national headlines and angered some in his own party by suspending the death penalty in Illinois.
    He would go on to essentially “clear” death row by commuting sentences to life in prison. It happened after a troubling trend that saw as many inmates “exonerated” as “executed” in Illinois.
    WGN's Ben Bradley spoke with the former governor who is out with a new book about his evolution on capital punishment.
    “Most people didn't care about the death penalty or what it did or how it worked, including me,” Ryan said.
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