One interesting pardon that Governor Quinn granted was to an offense that was already pardoned. The petitioner was convicted in 1984 and was given executive clemency by former Governor Jim Edgar in 1992. In those times, pardons were essentially state-sanctioned forgiveness, without the accompanying avenue to clear one’s record. This is still the case for federal pardons. Now that someone can seek authorization to clear their criminal record with a pardon, this petitioner had to go through the process twice. Congratulations to all those who received pardons, for now finally being able to keep their criminal history in the past!
According to the Chicago Tribune article, Governer Quinn has decided on 2,068 clemency petitions throughout his tenure. He has granted 761 and denied 1,307.