What They Are Saying: Governor Rauner Proposes Public Safety Package

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Today, Governor Rauner announced a comprehensive public safety package that will help keep Illinoisans safe and imposes the death penalty for those convicted beyond all doubt of committing mass murder and killing police officers.

Take a look at what media outlets are saying about Governor Rauner’s proposal:

  • Chicago Tribune:Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner on Monday proposed reinstating the death penalty in Illinois for mass killers and people who slay law enforcement officers as part of his rewrite of a gun control bill.The death penalty provision would create a new category of homicide called “death penalty murder,” which could apply to adult killers who kill police officers or more than one person. Guilt must be determined “beyond all doubt,” rather than the standard “reasonable doubt” requirement, according to the governor’s office.
  • WMAQ:
    “There must be a burden of proof where a person is guilty beyond all doubt,” Rauner said. “Guilt beyond any doubt, for killing a police officer or committing a mass murder, we then will impose the death penalty in Illinois.”
  • Herald & Review:
    Rauner’s changes to HB 1468, which concerns waiting periods, create a new category of homicide called “death penalty murder.” It would apply to offenders 18 and over that prosecutors charge with killing peace officers or two or more people without lawful justification.
  • WLS:
    The proposal is part of his public safety initiative and part of his amendatory veto plan for House Bill 1468 that he unveiled Monday, which urges lawmakers to extend the 72-hour waiting period for delivery of all gun purchases in Illinois, to ban bump stocks and trigger cranks and to authorize restraining orders to disarm dangerous individuals.
  • KFVS:
    “Gun violence has rocked the nation and our state,” Rauner said. “This is a responsible, bipartisan approach to the problem that will help ensure the safety and security of our children, our peacekeepers, our families, and our communities in Illinois.”
  • Chicago Sun-Times:
    Rauner is also suggesting amending the County School Facilities Sales Tax statute to give schools authority to use revenue to hire school resource officers or mental health workers based on the need.Another initiative in his package would allow family members and others to petition courts to disarm people who pose an immediately threat to the public or to themselves.
  • WMBD:
    “We want to raise the standard because we recognize legitimate concerns about the death penalty,” according to Governor Rauner. “We are intent on avoiding wrongful convictions and the injustice of inconsistency.”
  • WGEM:
    The governor has used his amendatory veto power on House Bill 1468 to introduce a 72-hour waiting period for all gun purchases. Currently, there is a waiting period for handguns. The governor also proposed ban bump stocks and trigger cranks, and introduced a plan authorizing restraining orders to “help disarm people who are a danger to the public and themselves.” The restraining orders would require “clear and convincing evidence” for a six-month prohibition on gun possession.