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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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Second Chance Legislation Would Expand Certificate of Good Conduct Eligibility, Eliminate Waiting Period to Seal Record Recently, I wrote about several Chance Second bills that were making their way through the Illinois General Assembly.  These bills would benefit people who have a criminal background.  One bill would keep someone from getting a criminal record (decriminalizing […]

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Illinois Continues to Offer a Helping Hand to Individuals with Criminal Backgrounds The current legislature session has resulted in the enactment of two important pieces of legislation for those who have criminal backgrounds. Illinois Finally Permits Individuals to Seal Certain Misdemeanor Crimes of Violence After several failed lobbying attempts, the Illinois Legislature finally agreed to […]