Quinn pardons 11 prisoners

April 10, 2009 7:56:18 PM PDT
Governor Pat Quinn pardoned 11 prisoners on Friday and ordered their records be wiped clean. Those receiving a pardon were in jail on drug, battery or burglary charges. Each person who was granted clemency had recently undergone a criminal background check.

Quinn says the pardons are just the first in an effort to clear a backlog of nearly 2500 clemency requests that piled up under former Governor Rod Blagojevich.