Saturday, September 3, 2011
The Chicago Tribune reports Governor Pat Quinn has granted 74 pardons, including one to Michelle Gardner who "briefly appeared in the public eye in 1994, hailing Republican Gov. Jim Edgar’s welfare-to-work program in a campaign ad that dropped off the airwaves around the time word surfaced that she had been convicted of voluntary manslaughter." According the Tribune, "many" of the cases involved "lower-level charges like residential burglary, deceptive practices and drug crimes." The governor has also denied 99 clemency petitions and continues to weed his way through the cases left behind by former Governor Rod Blagojevich. To date, Quinn has acted on a total of 1,529 clemency actions, denying 938 requests and granting 591 acts of clemency. See story here.