SPRINGFIELD -- Gov. Pat Quinn is granting 65 clemency petitions and denying 124 while working through a backlog of pardon requests.
The Democrat announced Friday he had acted on 189 requests on dockets dating to 2004. His predecessor, the impeached and now-imprisoned Rod Blagojevich, notoriously let clemency petitions pile up.
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Among those granted pardons Friday -- typically with a criminal record being wiped clean -- were an armed robber; several convicted of battery, including domestic battery; several convicted of unlawful use of weapon; illicit drug-delivery and possession of methamphetamine or a product to make meth.
Since Quinn took office in 2009, he has acted on 2,600 clemency petitions. He has granted 990 and denied 1,650.