Executive Clemency and Expungement 


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The Board reviews, processes and submits confidential recommendations to the Governor on all executive clemency petitions that comply with the followings steps:

The Board's clemency guidelines are forwarded to every person who submits a request, either by telephone, mail or e-mail, or by accessing the Board's website at www.state.il.us/prb under the Executive Clemency link.

Once the Board's staff receives a petition, it is reviewed to ensure compliance with all of the filing guidelines. The petitioner is informed if the petition is complete and a docket number and letter will follow. Petitioners will be notified in writing if additional information is required for completion of the petition.

Incomplete petitions must be completed within 90 days or that are discarded. A late, but completed, petition is placed on the next available hearing docket. The petitioner is also afforded the opportunity to have a public or a non-public hearing. The Board's recommendations are typically forwarded to the governor within 60 days following the hearing. The Governor is not under any deadline to respond to the petition. When a decision is made, the Board will notify the petitioner of the Governor's determination. 

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Guidelines for Executive Clemency

Download a sample Petition for Executive Clemency

(this sample petition can be filled out electronically, however it will still have to be printed out to submit to the Illinois Prisoner Review Board, the sentencing judge, and the County's state's attorney)

Executive clemency petitions filed with the Board for hearing and recommendation to the Governor have increased in recent years. The average size of the Board's quarterly clemency public docket hearing was 35 cases in 1990. In 1993 , the average number of cases considered quarterly was 90. The average number in 2003 was approximately 400 cases per quarter. In 1994, the Board initiated more restrictive petitioning requirements mandating unsuccessful petitioners to wait for one year before filing a repeat petition, absent compelling new information.

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Other Clemency Resources:

2014 - 2015 Clemency Hearing Dates and Deadlines*:

October 7, 2014 to October 9, 2014              Hearings held in Springfield, Il
Deadline for petition:     July 24, 2014 by 5:00 p.m. 

January 13, 2015 to January 15, 2015          Hearings held in Springfield, Il
Deadline for petition:     October 30, 2014 by 5:00 p.m. 

April 7, 2015 to April 9, 2015                          Hearings held in Chicago, Il
Deadline for petition:     January 20, 2015 by 5:00 p.m. 

July 7, 2015 to July 9, 2015                            Hearings held in Chicago, Il
Deadline for petition:     April 23, 2015 by 5:00 p.m. 

October 6, 2015 to October 8, 2015             Hearings held in Springfield, Il
Deadline for petition:     July 22, 2015 by 5:00 p.m. 

*Dates of hearings are subject to change or be extended.

Email: prb.clemency@illinois.gov

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