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Illinois Overhauls Death Penalty Policy

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Illinois Overhauls Death Penalty Policy

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Illinois Overhauls Death Penalty Policy

Illinois Overhauls Death Penalty Policy

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Illinois lawmakers approve a massive overhaul of the state's death-penalty system. The changes follow years of debate in Illinois over capital punishment, which intensified when several men on death row were exonerated. The new rules incorporate many of the changes recommended in a study commissioned by former Gov. George Ryan, who halted executions in 2000. NPR's Cheryl Corley reports.