Governor Quinn has done a good job chipping away at the backlog of clemency petitions, while also addressing the newer ones that he receives. Since taking office in 2009, Governor Quinn has acted on roughly 1,900 petitions. These petitions have come in the form of pardons and commutations of sentence.
The article also highlights the role of the Prisoner Review Board, which serve as a team of advisors for the Governor. All petitions for pardons and commutations are initially reviewed by the Prisoner Review Board. The board will also conduct hearings for those petitioners who request it. After their review, the Prisoner Review Board sends off the petition to Governor Quinn along with a recommendation. Governor Quinn usually follows this recommendation, though he can, and does occasionally, overrule them. If the Governor grants the clemency petition, the petitioner will be eligible to expunge the conviction from her criminal record.