Gov. Pat Quinn


Governor Pat Quinn granted clemency to 126 people Wednesday. Some of the crimes of those pardoned date back to the 1970s.

A number of them have been waiting for a decision for nearly a decade. A backlog of clemency requests built up under ex-governor Rod Blagojevich, who acted on very few appeals.

Ken Tupy serves with the Illinois Prisoner Review Board. He says the board makes recommendations on each case, but the governor doesn't have to follow it.


Gov. Pat Quinn made his first post-concession appearance Tuesday. He attended a Veteran's Day ceremony in Chicago.

Quinn has long affiliated himself with veterans' causes and says Illinois should be the most-veteran friendly state. He says the state endeavored to do that with a variety of programs, like the Warrior Assistance Program, which is focused on caring for veterans with PTSD. &

The major party candidates for Illinois governor are spending the final days of the campaign targeting African-Americans and women.

Chicago Democratic Congressman Danny Davis warned an African-American crowd against voting for Republican Bruce Rauner.

"I think it would be the same as a turkey voting for an early Thanksgiving."

Rauner spoke at churches made up of mostly black congregants. Meanwhile, Rauner’s wife--Diana--had a message for women.

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Gov. Pat Quinn ordered the Illinois Board of Education chairman to help both sides reach an agreement Wednesday in a four-week school district strike in Waukegan.  That's after the board abruptly adjourned a public meeting with members and parents shouting and booing.

Both parties say they reached a tentative contract agreement. Officials say schools plan to reopen Monday.

About 17,000 students have been out of school since the strike began on Oct. 2.

Rauner Trumps Quinn In Facebook 'Likes'

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Democrat Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner may be neck and neck in the polls, but Rauner is winning by a landslide in Facebook activity.

DNA Info reports the Republican businessman's page has nearly 44,000 more likes than Quinn's.

Facebook says more than 11,000 people are "talking" about Rauner on the social media site. Just over a thousand are talking about Quinn.