Free Pardon Applications

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn granted 147 pardons, authorized 2 persons who had already received pardons to seek expungement of their convictions, and denied 258 petitions. Quinn denied 260 requests for relief.

Since taking office in January of 2009, Governor Quinn has acted on 769 clemency petitions. Governor Quinn has granted 321 pardons, authorized 8 persons who had already received pardons to seek expungement of their convictions, and denied 440 petitions

According to the Illinois Government News Network, “Each person granted clemency has recently undergone a criminal background check through the Illinois State Policeā€™s Law Enforcement Agencies Data System (LEADS).”

Written by Mathew Higbee, Esq

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7 Responses Leave a comment

  1. Errick says:

    I am trying to find out how to go about getting my criminal record expunged. I think if someone commits a crime,pays their debt, acquires some skills while incarcerated and is actively seeking gainful employment their records should be expunged.

  2. delroy says:

    What is the difference between a pardon and an expungement?

    • Mathew Higbee, Esq says:

      There are several differences between a pardon and an expungement. Keep in mind that each have a different meaning in each state. In general, an expungement comes from the court. A pardon comes from the governor or executive level. A pardon says you are forgiven by the state. An expungement says your record does not exist and did not happen (for most or all purposes).

  3. William Roberson says:

    I am preparing to file a petition with the Cook County Court to Restore my Rights should the Illinois State Police deny my application for a Firearms Owner’s Identification card.

    I have 2 felonies that are 23 years old. I served a total of 5 years probation and paid $2770.00 in restitution ordered by the courts. I have used my freedom properly and there are no legal actions currently against me.

    I fully understand that a restoration of rights is not a pardon nor does it expunge the crimes from public record and will only allow me to be granted an FOID Card.

  4. Magaji says:

    Your chances are slim. Federal feonly expungements are available only in exceptional circumstances such as following an illegal conviction, a conviction under statute later deemed unconstitutional, or a conviction that was obtained by way of government misconduct.A Presidential pardon would be even slimmer.

  5. Zachary says:

    When I was 17 (two weeks after turning 17) I was convicted of a domestic battery charge. I am now 27. I have sent the proper paper work to the ISP in an effort to receive a governors pardon. I have not received any notification about the status of my of my pardon. Since my conviction, I have attained multiple certifications from the state, including those allowing me to work with nuclear equipment. I am also currently enrolled in college in an effort to better myself. However, I feel that my juvenille conviction, which after reviewing blantantly depicts how I was wrongfully convicted, prevented me from enlisting into the military. Is there any way you in some way can help?


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