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Quinn Continues to Dwindle Clemency Backlog

Governor granted 43 clemencies and denied 102 petitions in efforts to relieve clemency buildups form the previous administration.

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Governor Pat Quinn is at it again.

Quinn granted 43 clemencies and denied 102 petitions Friday, continuing the governor’s long-sought goal to clear up a backlog of more than 2,500 cases.

Quinn’s efforts are in response to a buildup of clemencies during Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s rein.

The 145 clemency petitions bring the total of clemencies acted on to 2,068, granting 761 petitions and denying 1,307. Of the 761 petitions granted, he pardoned 743 and authorized the other 17 to seek expungement.


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