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Illinois Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty Records

1963-2011

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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.

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Creator:
Illinois Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty
Date Coverage:
1963-2011
Quantity:
0.6 cubic ft.

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In March 2011, ICADP’s campaign succeeded in passing legislation that repealed the death penalty in the state, and as of July 1st, 2011, Illinois became the sixteenth state to be death penalty-free.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

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.

The collection is organized alphabetically. There are no series.

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

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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).

Contents of Collection

BoxFolderContentsDate

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1 1Annual Meeting Flier, Benefit Flier, and Membership Card2009, 2010, Undated

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1 2Annual Reports2004, 2006, 2008, 2010

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1 3"Beyond Repair" Suburban Speaking Tour2010

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1 4Brochures, Newsletters, and Report on Activities2001, 2005-2007, Undated

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1 5Charles Walker-First Illinois Execution in 28 Years1990, Undated

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1 6Death Penalty Moratorium- Clippings and Press2000

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1 7"Disarming the State's Lethal Weapon" A Look at the Death Penalty Journey Problems, Flaws, Reforms and Moratorium2002

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1 8-9Events, Photos, and Copies of Petitions2002, Undated

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1 10Fact Sheets on the Repeal of the Death Penalty2006, 2011

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1 11Founding Materials, Dick Cunningham Memorial, and Tenth Anniversary of ICADP Celebration1976-1977, 1986, 2001, Undated

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1 12Governor Quinn's Office Announcement of the Abolition of the Death Penalty in Illinois, Remarks from the Floor of the House Assembly2011

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1 13Grant Proposals1983, 1987, 1989

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1 14Illinois ' Death Penalty: Too Flawed to Fix- Resource Manual1985

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1 15John Wayne Gacy- Execution Materials, Press Packet, and Clippings1994, Undated

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1 16Letters Commending Governor George H. Ryan on the Death Penalty Moratorium2002

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1 17Media Materials- Clippings1963-1989, Undated

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1 18Media Materials- Clippings1993-1998, Undated

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1 19Media Materials- Clippings, Internet Articles2002-2007

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1 20Miscellaneous Materials2003, 2006, 2009

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1 21Mission Statement of ICADP, Amnesty International Events and Fliers1991-2002, Undated

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1 22Newsletters1990-1997, 2008-2010, Undated

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1 23Nicarico Case- Press Releases and News Clippings1985-1997, Undated

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1 24Post Repeal Records2011

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2 1Press Releases2000-2006

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2 2Prison Visit Materials for Both Inmates and ICADP Members2000, 2002, 2003, Undated

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2 3Prosecutorial Misconduct Clippings1999, 2000

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2 4Report of the Commission on Capital Punishment- Governor George H. Ryan2002

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2 5Road Trip for Justice Materials2004

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2 6Speaking Events2010

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2 7Strategic Planning2010

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2 8Testimony in Favor of Abolishing the Death Penalty and the Passing of the Bill SB 35392011

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Video-Tape 1 Too Flawed to Fix 2002

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2 9Too Flawed to Fix Study Guide and Documentary Advertisement2002