January 6, 2010 6:40 p.m. - Springfield, IL - Just a few minutes ago, after an initial vote failed, the Illinois House voted to end Illinois' expensive, broken death penalty system. By a vote of 60 to 54, the House sent Senate Bill 3539 on to the Senate. The battle for history is not complete. The Senate is expected to take up this measure shortly -- and we need every vote.

We are so close to making history in our state. My colleagues tell me that every phone call, every contact with Senators is crucial to making Illinois a non-death penalty state. Visit action.aclu.org/ildeathpenalty to look up your state senator and log a call.

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