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Rauner grants clemency to 6 people; denies 150

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Illinois governor Bruce Rauner. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has granted clemency to six people and denied another 150 requests; he also granted one commutation.

A Friday statement from Rauner’s office says the 157 clemency petitions were part of dockets going back to January 2012. It says a backlog of around 500 petitions remains from previous administrations.

Rauner’s office says each person granted clemency has recently undergone a criminal background check through the state police’s Law Enforcement Agencies Data System.

It is the tenth set of petitions the Republican has reviewed as governor.

A granted clemency request for a pardon with expungement allows petitioners to seek expungement of their conviction.