SHOWDOWN OVER GUNS, DEATH PENALTY

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Have Michael Madigan and Bruce Rauner agreed to something? Yes and no. On Thursday, a spokesperson for Gov. Rauner released a statement saying that the governor applauds the powerful Illinois House speaker for scheduling a hearing Monday to determine if Illinois needs to restore the death penalty. The proposal is part of a larger public-safety package introduced by Rauner last week that also includes banning bump stocks and extending more state aid for mental-health services. Yet it’s the death penalty that is at the heart of Rauner’s demands. He wants it available in cases involving mass shootings and the killing of police officers.