In a move that gives me no end of relief, Governor Quinn has abolished the death penalty in Illinois. I've always maintained that Quinn is kind of a tool, but today, Quinn is my tool. The happiest I have ever been with a Republican politician was when Governor Ryan put a moratorium on the death penalty in Illinois a few weeks after I moved to Chicago. Blagojevitch maintained the moratorium, and Quinn has made it permanent. Illinois is now no longer a death penalty state, and I am proud of him.