Executive clemency, or a pardon, is when the Governor of Illinois forgives a person for a crime. This can help a person get a job, find housing, or get a loan.
What types of crimes can be pardoned?
Any conviction in the State of Illinois is eligible for a pardon, no matter what the charges were or when the conviction occurred. But the longer it has been since your last conviction, the stronger chance you have of getting pardoned.
Does getting a pardon clear my criminal record?
No. Getting a pardon does not hide your crime from public view. Anyone who views your criminal record will be able to see that you had a conviction, even though it has been forgiven.
In order to remove the criminal conviction from your record, you have to ask the Governor for a pardon with permission to expunge. If the Governor gives it to you, you can then 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.