Friday, March 7, 2008
It is reported here and here that Governor Rod Blagojevich has gotten nearly 2,800 clemency requests since he stepped into office five years ago and has granted only 67 pardons. An additional 1,160 requests were denied and the remaining 1,500 remained in limbo. The figures have taken on significance since it has been learned that one of Blagojevich's rare pardons was given to Chandra Gill, an administrator at a school that mistakenly received a $1 million state grant. In 2006, the latest year for which the Prisoner Review Board has issued an annual report, Blagojevich got 651 clemency requests. He granted one, denied 24 and took no action on the rest.