Progress on Clemency Petitions: Illinois Governor Quinn Decides 173 More Petitions for Executive Clemency just before Labor Day 2011.

It seems to be a common trend that clemency petitions in Illinois are decided just prior to major holidays in our state/country. In keeping with that tendency, Governor Quinn addressed an additional one hundred seventy three petitions for executive clemency on September 2, 2011 by granting seventy four and denying ninety nine. The petitions Governor Quinn decided ranged in dates from 2004 through 2007.

This gubernatorial action brings the total number of petitions he’s acted upon since taking office on January 29, 2009 (after former Governor Blagojevich’s impeachment and removal from office) to one thousand five hundred twenty nine. In total, Governor Quinn has granted five hundred ninety one petitions by granting five hundred eighty new pardons and by authorizing expungement on eleven previously granted petitions and he has denied a total of nine hundred thirty eight petitions for clemency.

This information was gathered from the State of Illinois News webpage which combines articles from the Illinois Government News Network as well as all Illinois press releases.