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Rauner grants five clemency petitions, denies 97

The Illinois governor's office inside the Capitol in Springfield. | File photo

Gov. Bruce Rauner has granted five petitions for clemency and denied 97 others.

His office announced the action Wednesday, saying it’s the twenty-first set of petitions the Republican governor has taken up since taking office in 2015.

The Illinois Prisoner Review Board says the five cases involve charges filed from 1986 to 2001; the convictions were on theft, burglary and drug charges.

People whose clemency petitions are granted may go to court to try to have their criminal record expunged. All have undergone a recent criminal background check through an Illinois authorities’ data system.

Rauner announced last year that he’d eliminated a backlog of thousands of clemency requests he inherited from previous governors.