Does Permitting Certain Prosecutional Remarks at Closing Statement Amount to Abuse of Discretion by Court ?

In People v. Wheeler, 226 Ill. 2d 92, 121, 871 N.E.2d 728, 313 Ill. Dec. 1 (2007), our supreme court held: "Whether statements made by a prosecutor at closing argument were so egregious that they warrant a new trial is a legal issue this court reviews de novo." Wheeler, 226 Ill. 2d at 121. However, the supreme court in Wheeler cited with approval Blue, in which the supreme court had previously applied an abuse of discretion standard. Wheeler, 226 Ill. 2d at 121. In People v. Blue, 189 Ill. 2d 99, 128, 132, 724 N.E.2d 920, 244 Ill. Dec. 32 (2000) and numerous other cases, our supreme court had held that the substance and style of closing argument is within the trial court's discretion, and will not be reversed absent an abuse of discretion. Blue, 189 Ill. 2d at 128, 132 ("we conclude that the trial court abused its discretion" by permitting certain prosecutorial remarks in closing);