... The process of clearing the record of a convicted felon can be lengthy . The Prisoner Review Board reviews hundreds of petitions a y ear and makes recommendations in each before referring them to the governor. The governor's legal staff then conducts its own review before Quinn makes a decision.In contrast, Blagojevich "granted roughly around 70 and denied a few hundred." The rest of the many petitions "just sat there.” The board sends the governor "about 800 petitions a year," but, when it is ready to act on a Blagojevich-era petition, the three members of the Prisoner Review Board's clemency unit "must do more research, particularly checking to see if the petitioner has committed a crime since he or she first applied."A member of that Boar also notes:
“There are legitimate issues that people needed a pardon in order to do a number of different things: go to school, adopt children, get a job, get licensing. They may want to enlist in the Army , or they may want to become a fireman ... as opposed to, 'I just don't want this on my record anymore,'"See full story here.