Rauner grants clemency to 5, denies 235, shrinking backlog

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner.

CHICAGO (AP) – Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has granted clemency to five people and denied another 235 requests.

The Republican announced the action Friday. The governor’s office says each grantee has recently undergone a criminal background check.

The grantees include two people convicted of drug charges. The others were convicted of obstruction of justice, possession of a stolen motor vehicle and burglary.

Rauner took office facing a docket of petitions dating to previous administrations. Rauner says this is the 12th set of petitions he’s acted on since taking office last year. There are fewer than 50 remaining in the backlog. Those he acted on Friday dated back to January 2014.

A clemency granted allows a petitioner to go to court to seek expungement of his or her criminal record.