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Executive Clemency and Expungement

The Board reviews, processes and submits confidential recommendations to the Governor on all executive clemency petitions that comply with the followings steps:

The Board's clemency guidelines are forwarded to every person who submits a request, either by telephone, mail or e-mail, or by accessing the Board's website at under the Executive Clemency link.

Once the Board's staff receives a petition, it is reviewed to ensure compliance with all of the filing guidelines. The petitioner is informed if the petition is complete and a docket number and letter will follow. Petitioners will be notified in writing if additional information is required for completion of the petition.

Incomplete petitions must be completed within 90 days or they are discarded. A late, but completed, petition is placed on the next available hearing docket. The petitioner is also afforded the opportunity to have a public or a non-public hearing. The Board's recommendations are typically forwarded to the governor within 60 days following the hearing. The Governor is not under any deadline to respond to the petition. When a decision is made, the Board will notify the petitioner of the Governor's determination.

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Executive Clemency Guidelines

NOTICE: By Order of the Chairman, and in response to the unprecedented challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, the requirement that a statement be signed and sworn to before a notary public by the petitioner as provided in Guideline A(9) of the Guidelines for Executive Clemency is hereby suspended until further Order of the Chairman. In addition, attorneys filing on behalf of petitioners will be permitted to sign the attestation, in lieu of requiring a signature from the petitioner. Accordingly, Guideline A(9) should be understood to read as follows for the duration of this Order: "9) The petition must include the following: "I declare under penalty of perjury that all of the assertions made in this petition are complete, truthful and accurate. This statement must be signed by the petitioner or an attorney filing on behalf of the petitioner."

Nothing in this Order shall be construed so as to permit or otherwise promote the furnishing of incomplete, untruthful, or inaccurate information in a petition. No other requirements set forth in the Guidelines, including the requirements regarding filing and proof of service of the petition in Section B, are to be affected by this Order.

**Rolling Clemency Docket Memo for Incarcerated Persons (May 1, 2020)**

** Rolling Clemency Docket Memo for Incarcerated Persons ** (Revised 7/9/2020)

** Rolling Clemency Docket Memo for Incarcerated Persons ** (Revised 7/7/2021)

Guidelines for Executive Clemency

Sample Petition for Executive Clemency

(this sample petition can be filled out electronically, however it will still have to be printed out to submit to the Illinois Prisoner Review Board, the sentencing judge, and the County's state's attorney - for Cook County, a copy of the petition may be mailed to the following address: Cook County State's Attorney's Office, Attn:  Clemency Unit Room 11C50, 2650 S. California, Chicago, IL  60608 or you may email your petition to the State's Attorney's office at:

Executive clemency petitions filed with the Board for hearing and recommendation to the Governor have increased in recent years. The average size of the Board's quarterly clemency public docket hearing was 35 cases in 1990. In 1993 , the average number of cases considered quarterly was 90. The average number in 2003 was approximately 400 cases per quarter. In 1994, the Board initiated more restrictive petitioning requirements mandating unsuccessful petitioners to wait for one year before filing a repeat petition, absent compelling new information.

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2024 Clemency Hearing Dates, Locations and Filing Deadlines*:

January 2024 Docket:

Hearing Dates:  January 9, 2024 to January 11, 2024

  • Hearings held at the Crowne Plaza, 3000 S. Dirksen Parkway, Springfield, IL at 9:00 a.m.
  • Deadline for filing a petition:  October 26, 2023 by 5:00 p.m.

April 2024 Docket:

Hearing dates:  April 9, 2024 to April 11, 2024

  • Hearings held in Chicago at the Michael A. Bilandic Bldg., 160 N. LaSalle Street, Chicago, IL at 9:00 a.m.
  • Deadline for filing a petition:  January 25, 2024

July 2024 Docket:

Hearing dates:  July 8, 2024 to July 10, 2024

  • Hearings held in Springfield at:  Crowne Plaza, 3000 S. Dirksen Parkway, Springfield, IL at 9:00 a.m.
  • Deadline for filing a petition:  April 25, 2024

October 2024 Docket:

Hearing dates:  October 8, 2024 to October 10, 2024

  • Hearings held in Chicago at:  To Be Determined
  • Deadline for filing a petition:  July 24, 2024

*Dates and location of hearings are subject to change or be extended.