Gov. Pat Quinn on Wednesday granted 81 clemency petitions and denied 88, according to a news release from his office.
This action marks another step in a series of clemency decisions aimed at eliminating a backlog of more than 2,500 cases that built up during the previous administration, the news release said.
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Since taking office, Quinn has acted on 2,237 clemency petitions, granting 842 and denying 1,395.