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Rauner issues 8 pardons, denies 118; backlog down below 400

Bruce Rauner, photo from Bruce Rauner's Facebook page

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner has granted eight pardons and denied 118 other petitions for clemency.

The Republican announced the action Friday. He granted pardons and expungements for three people convicted of burglary and one each of domestic battery, deceptive practice, criminal damage to property, attempted armed robbery and aggravated battery.

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

Rauner faces a docket of petitions dating to 2010. Requests piled up under Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who served from 2003 to 2009.

Rauner says this is the 11th set of petitions he’s acted on since taking office last year. There are fewer than 400 remaining in the backlog.