Thursday, December 23, 2010

Illinois: Clemency As It Should Be

When former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich (D) neglected the clemency power and left a huge backlog of clemency applications - in the thousands, some dating back a decade - Pat Quinn (D) stepped in and promised to do his best to exercise the power more responsibly. And Quinn has kept his word.

Today, Quinn granted 34 pardons. But he has not been a last-minute, on-his-way-out-of-office Santa Claus figure in these matters. He has been plugging away at the applications year round. Since taking office, Quinn has granted 371 pardons and denied 524 applications. See story here.

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