SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Fifty-two people have been granted clemency by Governor Pat Quinn for crimes that date back decades.
Quinn announced Friday that he had pardoned or commuted sentences of the offenders.
The Democratic governor also rejected 136 clemency requests.
Quinn is whittling away at a backlog of 2,500 requests that piled up under former Governor Rod Blagojevich. Now serving time in federal prison, Blagojevich rarely took any action on clemency.
Most of the people whose requests were granted Friday had committed relatively minor offenses.