Illinois Governor Pat Quinn took a stab at the state's backlog of over 2,500 cases by granting clemency to some petitioners on Friday.
Eighty-seven petitions were granted and 135 were denied. The petitions are part of dockets that range from 2005 through 2012 and each person granted clemency has recently passed a criminal background check.
A granted request for a pardon with expungement allows that person to seek expungement of their conviction through the courts.
Since Governor Quinn took office, he has granted 929 petitions and denied 1,530. Those actions included 909 granted pardons and allowing 20 people who had already received pardons to seek expungement of their convictions.