Quinn pardons 147; backlog still over 2,400 - KMOV.com

Quinn pardons 147; backlog still over 2,400

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is granting pardons to dozens of people convicted of crimes.

Quinn acted on 407 petitions Friday. He pardoned 147 people of their crimes and authorized two others who had previously been pardoned to seek expungement of their records.

Quinn also denied 258 petitions.

Since Quinn took office he has acted on 769 petitions, but the backlog built up by his predecessor remains large.

Quinn spokeswoman Marlena Jentz says there are still about 2,450 petitions awaiting action. She says 1,800 of those are left over from the administration of Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Quinn's office doesn't release details about who was pardoned. Rather, the public has to rely on the secretary of state's office to report that information.

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