Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is continuing to work on the mountain of clemency petitions he inherited from former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. When Quinn took office he inherited over 2,500 petitions that were sitting on his desk. Since he took office, Quinn has acted on 1,356 clemency petitions. He has granted clemency 517 times and granted 506 pardons while denying 839 requests. He has authorized 10 people who he granted pardons for to seek expungement of their records and granted one commutation. In addition, earlier this year the State of Illinois abolished the death penalty which resulted in him commuting the death sentences of 15 inmates sentenced to death to life in prison. On Friday, Quinn granted 50 pardons while denying 111. The cases that he acted on Friday were filed between 2003 and 2009.
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