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Seeking a Legislative Fix to Declining Clemency Rates As long as Bruce Rauner is the governor in Illinois, is clemency still available to someone who has a criminal conviction that can’t be sealed? During his first two years in office, Governor Rauner has granted clemency to only 3.6% of clemency candidates. Governor Pat Quinn, by […]

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Illinois Looks to Expand Sealing Rules for Felons, Reduce Barriers to Licensing Due to a Prior Criminal Record As the Illinois General Assembly approaches its deadline for passing legislation this year, two bills are worth watching if you or someone you know has a criminal background. If passed, one bill would permit  more convicted felons […]

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Cook County Adds Objective Criteria to Making Bond Decisions Whether a defendant is released on a cash bond, on his or her own recognizance (“I bond”), or not at all, is the first crucial decision a judge makes after someone is arrested. Despite the importance of this decision, in most U.S. courtrooms this ruling has […]