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Lawmakers: Ill. gov. intends to ban death penalty

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CHICAGO (AP) -- The sponsors of a bill to abolish the death penalty in Illinois say Gov. Pat Quinn's staff told them he intends to sign the bill at a signing ceremony Wednesday.

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State Rep. Karen Yarbrough and state Sen. Kwame Raoul told The Associated Press on Tuesday that they have been invited to the bill signing in Quinn's Springfield office.

Quinn's office declined to comment Tuesday about his intentions.

Illinois would join 15 other states and the District of Columbia without the death penalty. The new law would take effect July 1.

Former Gov. George Ryan imposed a moratorium on executions in Illinois in 2000 after the death sentences of 13 men were overturned. Ryan cleared death row before leaving office in 2003.

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