( KTRS ) Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has granted clemency to seven people and denied another 247 requests.
In a released statement, Rauner’s office says each person who received clemency has been subject to a recent criminal background check. The grantees include two people who were convicted of burglary – including one case from 1978. The others were convicted of theft, forgery, reckless driving and methamphetamine conspiracy.
Rauner’s office says a backlog of about 1,000 petitions remains from previous administrations. Reportedly, more than 250 petitions date back to October 2010.
It’s the sixth time the Republican has acted on clemency petitions since taking office in January.