From the governor's office:
Gov. Pat Quinn on Friday approved 17 clemency petitions. This is the third time Governor Quinn has taken clemency action since taking office in January. It is another step in his effort to eliminate a massive backlog of nearly 2,500 cases that built up during the previous administration.
The 17 clemency petitions approved are part of the 33 petitions reviewed by the governor. The petitions represent a portion of the cases in the July 2003 docket. Each person granted clemency has recently undergone a criminal background check.
Quinn has made erasing the backlog of clemency cases a top priority. The Office of the General Counsel is systematically reviewing every case and working to reduce the build-up by year’s end.