Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Governor Pat Quinn today approved 133 clemency petitions. The Governor's offices says this is simply "the next step" in a series of clemency decisions "aimed at ending a massive backlog of nearly 2,500 cases that built up during the previous administration." The 133 clemency petitions approved by Governor Quinn are part of 265 cases from the October 2003, January 2004, April 2004, July 2004 and October 2004 dockets. Each person granted clemency has recently undergone a criminal background check. Since taking office in January, Governor Quinn has acted on 361 clemency petitions with 179 approved and 182 denied.
KWQC Davenport reports that Among those pardoned was 67-year old Stephen Cage of Chicago "who has been seeking a pardon since 2003 for a 1960 armed robbery." Cage has maintained that he his actually innocent and wants to be a teacher. Andrew Reyes had his 1992 attempted murder conviction "expunged." His conviction was overturned. The State Journal and Register reports that Michael Williams is also among the recipients. Williams, a leader of Unity For Our Community and One in a Million Inc., who was convicted of theft and forgery in1994 and1995. See story here and here and here.