Pardons and commutations

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, hands a signed bill off to sponsor Illinois State Rep. Katie Stuart, D-Collinsville, that will raise the minimum salary for teachers to $40,000 after a bill signing ceremony in the Governor's office at the Illinois State Capitol, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, in Springfield, Ill. The new new minimum salary will be phased in over four years with hopes to reduce a teacher shortage in Illinois that has school districts for the 2018-2019 school year with 4,196 unfilled positions across the state according to the Illinois State Board of Education. (Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP)
August 30, 2019 - 10:29 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — The governor of lllinois said Friday he's erased the drug conviction of an Army veteran who was deported to Mexico in 2018, a step that the man's supporters hope will help him return to the U.S. "I recognize this pardon is not a perfect solution, but it is the most just action to...
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FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2018, file photo U.S. Senatorial candidate and former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio rides on his campaign bus in Phoenix. Nearly three years after he was voted out of office, the former metro Phoenix sheriff pardoned by President Donald Trump on a conviction related to rounding up immigrants in the country illegally is going after his old job. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)
August 26, 2019 - 8:11 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Joe Arpaio, the Arizona lawman known for leading immigration crackdowns, jailing inmates in tents and receiving a pardon from President Donald Trump, is running for his former job as the sheriff of metro Phoenix after getting trounced in 2016 by a little-known challenger. Arpaio, who...
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FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2018, file photo U.S. Senatorial candidate and former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio rides on his campaign bus in Phoenix. Nearly three years after he was voted out of office, the former metro Phoenix sheriff pardoned by President Donald Trump on a conviction related to rounding up immigrants in the country illegally is going after his old job. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)
August 26, 2019 - 5:48 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Joe Arpaio, the Arizona lawman known for leading immigration crackdowns, jailing inmates in tents and receiving a pardon from President Donald Trump, is running for his former job as the sheriff of metro Phoenix after getting trounced in 2016 by a little-known challenger. Arpaio, who...
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FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2018, file photo U.S. Senatorial candidate and former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio rides on his campaign bus in Phoenix. Nearly three years after he was voted out of office, the former metro Phoenix sheriff pardoned by President Donald Trump on a conviction related to rounding up immigrants in the country illegally is going after his old job. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)
August 26, 2019 - 12:54 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Nearly three years after he was voted out of office, the former metro Phoenix sheriff pardoned by President Donald Trump on a conviction related to rounding up immigrants in the country illegally is going after his old job. Republican Joe Arpaio announced his 2020 campaign for...
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El presidente de Estados Unidos, Donald Trump, habla con reporteros a bordo del Air Force One tras visitar Dayton, Ohio, y El Paso, Texas, el 7 de agosto de 2019. (AP Foto/Evan Vucci)
August 08, 2019 - 10:13 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — President Donald Trump has sent his clearest signal yet that he may be about to sign commutation papers freeing former Illinois governor and one-time "Celebrity Apprentice" contestant Rod Blagojevich from federal prison in Colorado. The 62-year-old Democrat, who was once best known...
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El presidente de Estados Unidos, Donald Trump, habla con reporteros a bordo del Air Force One tras visitar Dayton, Ohio, y El Paso, Texas, el 7 de agosto de 2019. (AP Foto/Evan Vucci)
August 08, 2019 - 9:10 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — President Donald Trump has sent his clearest signal yet that he may be about to sign commutation papers freeing former Illinois governor and one-time "Celebrity Apprentice" contestant Rod Blagojevich from federal prison in Colorado. The 62-year-old Democrat, who was once best known...
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El presidente de Estados Unidos, Donald Trump, habla con reporteros a bordo del Air Force One tras visitar Dayton, Ohio, y El Paso, Texas, el 7 de agosto de 2019. (AP Foto/Evan Vucci)
August 08, 2019 - 7:31 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — President Donald Trump has sent his clearest signal yet that he may be about to sign commutation papers freeing former Illinois governor and one-time "Celebrity Apprentice" contestant Rod Blagojevich from federal prison in Colorado. The 62-year-old Democrat, who was once best known...
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El presidente de Estados Unidos, Donald Trump, habla con reporteros a bordo del Air Force One tras visitar Dayton, Ohio, y El Paso, Texas, el 7 de agosto de 2019. (AP Foto/Evan Vucci)
August 08, 2019 - 7:04 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — President Donald Trump has sent his clearest signal yet that he may be about to sign commutation papers freeing former Illinois governor and one-time "Celebrity Apprentice" contestant Rod Blagojevich from federal prison in Colorado. The 62-year-old Democrat, who was once best known...
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President Donald Trump talks to reporters aboard Air Force One after visiting Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
August 08, 2019 - 6:57 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he's "very strongly" considering commuting the sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (blah-GOY'-uh-vich), who is serving a 14-year prison term on multiple federal corruption convictions. Trump suggested more than a year ago that he was...
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President Donald Trump talks to reporters aboard Air Force One after visiting Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
August 08, 2019 - 6:37 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he's "very strongly" considering commuting the sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (blah-GOY'-uh-vich), who is serving a 14-year prison term on multiple federal corruption convictions. Trump suggested more than a year ago that he was...
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