Gov. Pat Quinn took action on nearly 407 clemency cases, granting close to 150 pardons on Friday.
Those who received pardons included ex-drug offenders, prostitutes, robbers and burglars, representing the largest single act of executive forgiveness of Quinn’s 15 months in office, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
Quinn's guiding principles of who should be granted clemency is a mystery. The governor’s office did not comment on how he chose to the pardons for crimes that date as far back as 1968.
“We don’t comment on the process of how he thinks,” Quinn spokesperson Marlena Jentz told the Sun-Times. “We never have in the past.”
“On top of Pat Quinn’s early-release and secret-release (prison) programs and his threat to lay off state troopers, this just raises again what is the governor thinking,” Brady campaign spokesperson John Hoffman said.
Quinn denied 440 petitions and agreed to expunge eight convictions. Even after all the granting and denying, Quinn still has about 2,450 clemency requests which don’t include the ones from Blagojevich’s term.