Illinois lawmaker files bill to reinstate death penalty

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WIFR) -- An Illinois lawmaker recently introduced a bill calling for the reinstatement of the death sentence in the state.

Rep. David McSweeney (R-52nd District) filed HB 3915 last week.

According to the measure, the death penalty would "serve as a deterrent to violent crime with the specific goal of reducing mass shootings, serial killings, and gun violence."

McSweeney first announced his intention to introduce the bill in August after mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, according to Capitol News Illinois.

Illinois abolished the death penalty in 2011. In 2018, former Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner proposed reinstating it for mass murderers and people who kill law enforcement officers.