Georgia for Illinois Day! Take Action: Make a Phone Call Today

posted Feb 16, 2011, 4:41 AM by Kathryn Hamoudah   [ updated Aug 31, 2012, 8:29 AM by GFADP staff ]


We have an update on the wonderful news from Illinois, and a way that YOU can help!  

Illinois is just one signature away from becoming the 16th state without the death penalty.  The General Assembly passed bipartisan legislation to repeal the death penalty on January 11, 2011.  Now the bills await Governor Pat Quinn's signature.

Governor Quinn said he encourages people with opinions to contact his office.  In the past, he has indicated support for the death penalty, while also expressing concerns about the problems with the system.  You can remind him that regardless of his position on the death penalty, Illinois' history has made clear the system is broken and legislators sent the strong message that the system can't be fixed.  Illinois can no longer afford to keep the costly and error-ridden death penalty.

Please call Governor Quinn TODAY, February 16, 2011, between 9am to 5pm CST (10am to 6pm EST) and ask him to sign the legislation to end the death penalty.

Chicago Office: 312-814-2121

Springfield Office: 217-782-0244

If you don't get through to a person or voicemail, please try again. 

The Governor's staff won't ask you for reasons (they want to know if you support or oppose), but if you'd like talking points or more information, visit the Illinois Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty website at

Georgians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty has set a goal to confirm at least 100 actual connections to a live operator in Governor Quinn’s office.  After you call, and please do call both numbers, please send a quick email to with the word “CONNECTED” in the subject line if you actually spoke with someone, and “VOICEMAIL” if you were able to leave a message.  If you get a busy signal, please keep trying until you connect with either a person or leave a message. If anything interesting happens with your calls, please be sure to let us know so that we can pass that on to our colleagues in Illinois.

Thank you for your continued work for justice.