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Rauner Begins To Make Dent In Clemency Petition Backlog

Carl Nelson/WNIJ

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has granted two and denied 57 clemency petitions. According to a news release issued Friday, Rauner inherited nearly 3,000 petitions from previous administrations, dating back more than six years.

The Governor’s Office says it has developed a process to review clemency petitions on a regular basis.

Each person granted clemency has recently undergone a criminal background check through the Illinois State Police’s Law Enforcement Agencies Data System.

These are the first petitions he has reviewed since taking office.