Gov. Bruce Rauner wants to reinstate the death penalty

CHICAGO — Gov. Bruce Rauner announced Monday a call to reinstate the death penalty in Illinois for mass murderers and those convicted of killing a police officer.

It was a surprise proposal that was part of public statements in Chicago about his amendatory veto of gun-control legislation that calls for expanding Illinois’ 72-hour wait period for hand guns to military-style assault weapons.

Rauner said he wants to expand the 72-hour wait period for all firearm sales, not just assault weapons, a ban on so-called “bump stocks” and authorizing restraining orders for taking away guns from “dangerous individuals.”

As governor, Rauner can either veto legislation sent to his desk outright, or propose changes to it, called an amendatory veto.

Rauner’s changes to HB 1468, which concerns waiting periods, create a new category of homicide called “death penalty murder.” It would apply to offenders 18 and over that prosecutors charge with killing peace officers or two or more people without lawful justification.

Legislators can now turn his changes of the gun-control bill into law through a simple majority vote, or override the veto with a two-thirds majority vote, which would make the original language of the legislation the law of the land.