THE DEATH PENALTY IS NOW OUTLAWED IN THE STATE OF ILLINOIS.
Thanks be to God.
Forgive us for wrongly convicting so many people due to error, prejudice, or poverty. Forgive us for leaving so many, in some cases for years, in prison as a result of wrongful convictions. Forgive us for executing people who were innocent of the crimes for which we were punishing them.
Forgive us for taking life, as if it's ours to give and take.
"I see violence and strife in the city.
Day and night they go around it on its walls,
and iniquity and trouble are within it;
ruin is in its midst;
oppression and fraud do not depart from its marketplace."