CHICAGO – September 2, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today granted 74 and denied 99 clemency petitions. This action marks another step in a series of clemency decisions aimed at eliminating a backlog of more than 2,500 cases that built up during the previous administration.
The 173 clemency petitions acted upon by Governor Quinn are part of dockets ranging from 2004 through 2007. Each person granted clemency has recently undergone a criminal background check through the Illinois State Police’s Law Enforcement Agencies Data System (LEADS).
Since taking office, Governor Quinn has acted on 1,529 clemency petitions. Governor Quinn has granted 591 and denied 938 petitions. Those actions include granting 580 pardons and authorizing 11 people who had already received pardons to seek expungement of their convictions.
For additional information on the granted clemency cases, please contact the Prisoner Review Board at (217) 782-7274.