On Good Friday, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn granted 147 pardons. None of the people pardoned are currently serving time in prison. Most of the convictions were in the 1980's and 1990's and most were for probation. In addition to the pardons he granted, he denied 258 pardon petitions. He also authorized two people had had already received pardons to expunge their records of their convictions. Governor Quinn took office in January of 2009. Since he took office he has acted on 769 pardon petitions. He has granted a total of 321 pardons, denied 440 petitions and authorized 8 people who have previously received pardons to expunge their records. The previous governor, Rod Blagojevich, was notorious for taking no action on pardon petitions. This inaction lead to a major backlog of petitions. People are not allowed to reapply for a pardon until action is taken on their pending petitions. The lack of action by the previous governor had left many people in limbo unable to do anything about their pardons.
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