Quinn issues posthumous pardons for 3 abolitionists - KMOV.com

Quinn issues posthumous pardons for 3 abolitionists

CHICAGO (AP) -- Gov. Pat Quinn has granted clemency to more than 100 people, including 3 posthumous pardons for three Illinois abolitionists found guilty of working on the Underground Railroad.

The three weren’t part of the larger batch of thousands of requests awaiting the Chicago Democrat who leaves office in about two weeks. Among those, he granted 99 requests and denied 208 on Wednesday.

Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon pushed for the posthumous pardons last year. Her office has worked on them with state historians and legal interns as a special project. The pardons were granted to Dr. Richard Eells of Quincy and Julius and Samuel Willard of Jacksonville.

Overall, Quinn has acted on over 4,000 clemency petitions, granting 1,520. He leaves office on Jan. 12 when Republican Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner is sworn in.

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