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Illinois Governor to Spare All on Death Row

On his way out of office, Illinois Gov. George Ryan indicates he will commute the death sentences of all of the state's death-row prisoners. A day earlier he pardoned four death-row inmates, freeing three immediately. Hear NPR's Scott Simon, NPR's Cheryl Corley and NPR's David Schaper.

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David Schaper
David Schaper is a correspondent on NPR's National Desk, based in Chicago, primarily covering transportation and infrastructure, as well as breaking news in Chicago and the Midwest.
Scott Simon
Scott Simon is one of America's most admired writers and broadcasters. He is the host of Weekend Edition Saturday and is one of the hosts of NPR's morning news podcast Up First. He has reported from all fifty states, five continents, and ten wars, from El Salvador to Sarajevo to Afghanistan and Iraq. His books have chronicled character and characters, in war and peace, sports and art, tragedy and comedy.
Cheryl Corley is a Chicago-based NPR correspondent who works for the National Desk. She primarily covers criminal justice issues as well as breaking news in the Midwest and across the country.