I applaud Gov. George Ryan in his decision. A brave move. I personally do not agree with the death penalty and would RATHER pay slightly higher taxes to keep these people in jail for life. And for several reasons. 1st, I think the death penalty is the EASY way out for people who have committed horrible crimes. Put these people in jail for life and make them pound out license plates for the rest of their lives and have to LIVE WITH and constantly think about what they have done. Plus, baring a confession, you can NEVER be completely sure somebody is guilty...how many times have we seen DNA evidence free inmates who have been in jail 20, 30 years in recent years? Also, you never know when a person may actually be able to be successfully rehabbed and become able to make a positive contribution to society. Even if it is from a jail cell.