Quinn grants 85 clemency requests

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn.

April 22, 2011 1:30:20 PM PDT
Governor Pat Quinn granted 85 and denied 189 clemency petitions on Friday as part of a plan to eliminate a backlog of more 2,500 cases.

The 274 clemency requests are from 2003 to 2009 and range from theft to burglary to possession of a controlled substance, to name a few charges. List of Governor Grants from 4/22/11 A statement from Quinn's office said all those granted clemency underwent recent criminal background checks.

Since taking office, Governor Quinn has acted on 1,195 clemency petitions-- granting 467 and denying 728 of them.