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Rauner Grants 7 Clemency Petitions, Denies 87

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has granted seven petitions for clemency and denied 87 others.

The Illinois Prisoner Review Board says the cases granted include people convicted on charges for drugs, burglary, forgery, domestic battery and retain theft. 

People whose clemency petitions are granted may go to court to try to have their criminal record expunged. All have undergone a recent criminal background check through an Illinois authorities' data system.

Late last year, Rauner's office announced the Republican had eliminated a backlog of thousands of clemency requests he inherited from previous governors.