Illinois abolished the death penalty in 2011 after former Gov. George Ryan halted all executions in Illinois in 2003 over fears that a flawed system had led to wrongful convictions of death row inmates.
At a forum hosted by WMAQ-TV on Tuesday night, Rutherford and Brady said the death penalty should be brought back. Dillard said it should be kept for the "worst of the worst" criminals. Rauner said it could be a "workable option" for those who were guilty beyond a doubt.