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ILLINOIS COALITION TO ABOLISH THE DEATH PENALTY, (APAP-324), 1963-2011




Descriptive Summary

Title: Illinois Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty
Date: 1963-2011
Physical Characteristics: 0.6 cubic ft.
Abstract: The Illinois Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (ICADP) formed in 1976 as the Illinois Coalition Against the Death Penalty by Mary Alice Rankin and other activist groups and organizations to try to prevent passage of capital punishment legislation in Illinois. After the state adopted the death penalty in 1977, ICADP expanded its grassroots legislative, education, and communication activities to try to inform the public about flaws and injustices in the Illinois capital punishment system and promote humane alternatives to the death penalty.
Storage: The materials are located onsite in the department.
Language: The materials in the collection are in English.
Repository: M. E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University at Albany, SUNY

Biographical Sketch

The Illinois Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (ICADP) formed in 1976 as the Illinois Coalition Against the Death Penalty by Mary Alice Rankin and other activist groups and organizations to try to prevent passage of capital punishment legislation in Illinois. After the state adopted the death penalty in 1977, ICADP expanded its grassroots legislative, education, and communication activities to try to inform the public about flaws and injustices in the Illinois capital punishment system and promote humane alternatives to the death penalty.

ICADP helped have a dramatic impact on the successes in the Illinois capital punishment conversation, promoting campaigns that highlighted flaws with the death penalty to the public and legislators in the state and forming strong bonds with other groups that also believed the abolishment of the death penalty is the best solution for the public. These groups included the Illinois Bar Association, ACLU, Amnesty International, Catholic Conference, Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, League of Women Voters and others.

In March 2011, ICADP’s campaign succeeded in passing legislation that repealed the death penalty in the state, and as of July 1st, 2011, Illinois became the sixteenth state to be death penalty-free.

ICADP’s work is not finished. Recently members of the Illinois legislature introduced bills in the General Assembly to reinstate capital punishment. ICADP is now focused on fighting reinstatement efforts and maintaining a death penalty-free state.

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Scope and Content Information

The Illinois Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (ICADP) donated its records in 2011 following repeal of the death penalty in the state. The archivist retained the original order of the files and the collection includes annual reports, newsletters, clippings and press releases. ICADP gained national attention with its campaign to rid Illinois of capital punishment; this is evident with materials documenting the case of John Wayne Gacy, executed in 1994, and the murder of nine year old Jeanine Nicarico in 1983.

The collection also contains the 2002 documentary film Too Flawed to Fix: The Illinois Death Penalty Experience which explores the legal flaws in the capital punishment system in Illinois and materials pertaining to Amnesty International. There are clippings of Northwestern University School of Law’s National Conference on Wrongful Convictions and the Death Penalty during which former Death Row inmates later found innocent of their crimes participated on a panel. In addition, the collection features clippings about the 2000 moratorium on the death penalty by Governor George H. Ryan and the 2011 signing of the bill SB 3539, Abolition of the Death Penalty, by Governor Pat Quinn.

There are materials related to key ICADP members Mary Alice Rankin, Miriam Wilson, and Dick Cunningham.

For additional files pertaining to ICADP, please see its collection at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Richard J. Daley Library of Special Collections and Archives: http://www.uic.edu/depts/lib/findingaids/MSICAD11.html.

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Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is organized alphabetically. There are no series.

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Restrictions

Access

Access to this record group is unrestricted.

Copyright

The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of copyright. Whenever possible, the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives will provide information about copyright owners and other restrictions, but the legal determination ultimately rests with the researcher. Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

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Subject Headings

Persons

Quinn, Pat
Ryan, George H.

Corporate Bodies

American Civil Liberties Union
Amnesty International
Illinois Coalition Against the Death Penalty
Illinois Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty
Illinois. Governor's Commission on Capital Punishment

Subjects

Capital punishment--Illinois
Capital punishment--Moral and ethical aspects
Death penalty
Executions (Law)--United States--Cases

Places

Chicago (Ill.)
Illinois

Genres and Forms

Clippings
Correspondence
Fliers (printed matter)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Identification of specific item, series, box, folder, Illinois Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty Papers, 1963-2011. M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as the Illinois Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty Papers).

Acquisition Information

The Illinois Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty donated its materials in 2011 to the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: Melissa McMullen
Date: © 2012 By the University at Albany, SUNY. All rights reserved.
Revision history: -

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Container list

Box Folder
1 1 Annual Meeting Flier, Benefit Flier, and Membership Card, 2009, 2010, Undated
2 Annual Reports, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010
3 "Beyond Repair" Suburban Speaking Tour, 2010
4 Brochures, Newsletters, and Report on Activities, 2001, 2005-2007, Undated
5 Charles Walker-First Illinois Execution in 28 Years, 1990, Undated
6 Death Penalty Moratorium- Clippings and Press, 2000
7 "Disarming the State's Lethal Weapon" A Look at the Death Penalty Journey Problems, Flaws, Reforms and Moratorium, 2002
8-9 Events, Photos, and Copies of Petitions, 2002, undated
10 Fact Sheets on the Repeal of the Death Penalty, 2006, 2011
11 Founding Materials, Dick Cunningham Memorial, and Tenth Anniversary of ICADP Celebration, 1976-1977, 1986, 2001, Undated
12 Governor Quinn's Office Announcement of the Abolition of the Death Penalty in Illinois, Remarks from the Floor of the House Assembly, 2011
13 Grant Proposals, 1983, 1987, 1989
14 Illinois ' Death Penalty: Too Flawed to Fix- Resource Manual, 1985
15 John Wayne Gacy- Execution Materials, Press Packet, and Clippings, 1994, Undated
16 Letters Commending Governor George H. Ryan on the Death Penalty Moratorium, 2002
17 Media Materials- Clippings, 1963-1989, Undated
18 Media Materials- Clippings, 1993-1998, Undated
19 Media Materials- Clippings, Internet Articles, 2002-2007
20 Miscellaneous Materials, 2003, 2006, 2009
21 Mission Statement of ICADP, Amnesty International Events and Fliers, 1991-2002, Undated
22 Newsletters, 1990-1997, 2008-2010, Undated
23 Nicarico Case- Press Releases and News Clippings, 1985-1997, Undated
24 Post Repeal Records, 2011
Box Folder
2 1 Press Releases, 2000-2006
2 Prison Visit Materials for Both Inmates and ICADP Members, 2000, 2002, 2003, Undated
3 Prosecutorial Misconduct Clippings, 1999, 2000
4 Report of the Commission on Capital Punishment- Governor George H. Ryan, 2002
5 Road Trip for Justice Materials, 2004
6 Speaking Events, 2010
7 Strategic Planning, 2010
8 Testimony in Favor of Abolishing the Death Penalty and the Passing of the Bill SB 3539, 2011
Video-Tape
1 Too Flawed to Fix, 2002
Box Folder
2 9 Too Flawed to Fix Study Guide and Documentary Advertisement, 2002

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