With a then-governor emptying Death Row (2003) and Illinois eventually outlawing capital punishment (2011), the state has had a sorry history with wrongful convictions. A bill passed by the legislature would add eight semesters of college tuition to the reparations, subject to the money being available.
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“About $26 million a year (has been) paid out to people who have been exonerated,” State Rep. Dwight Kay (R-Glen Carbon) said. “They also have the right to sue the state.”The question opponents should ask, said another lawmaker, is how Illinois can do a better job of convicting and imprisoning the correct people in the first place.S.B. 223 passed the House, 67-39-1, and the Senate, 35-18-1, and awaits the governor’s action.