If the Governor gives you clemency, it means you are forgiven for your crime. Having a pardon may make it easier to get a job, find housing, and secure credit. You will not have any further punishments or employment restrictions. But getting a pardon does not make your crime disappear from public views. Any conviction in the State of Illinois will meet the requirements for a clemency application. Anyone who views your criminal record will be able to see that you had a conviction, even though it has been forgiven. To remove the record from public view, you will need to file a petition to expunge the pardoned offense.
Note: The information above only applies to clemency for state crimes. For information on clemency for federal crimes, visit the US Pardon Attorney's website.