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The Governor is moving to work on a back-log of nearly 3,000 clemency petitions. Bruce Rauner granted 2 and denied 57 today.

His office says that he is starting with requests dating back to 2008. Each person granted clemency has undergone a criminal background check.

These are the first petitions that Rauner has reviewed since taking office.

According to a press release there is now a process to review petitions on a regular basis.

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