Unlike the previous administration under Rod Blagojevich, Governor Quinn has done a good job of issuing decisions on pardon petitions throughout his tenure. Since taking office, Governor Quinn has now made decisions on 2,237 petitions for executive clemency, granting 842 of them. When a pardon petition is granted, it gives the petitioner the special opportunity to have her criminal conviction expunged from the record so that she may move forward in her life. In order to be a good candidate for a pardon, the petitioner must make a strong showing of rehabilitation.
Congratulations to those receiving executive clemency, and good luck in the next chapter of your lives!