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Thursday, Oct 27, 2016

* Jason Nevel at the SJ-R

Marcella Kincaid has lost count of all the times she’s been told by potential employers, “We really want to hire you, but …”

She knows what’s coming next without listening.

The fact that she’s owned a small business, earned her master’s degree, volunteered in her church and community, received various certifications, held steady employment and stayed out of trouble doesn’t matter.

In 1991, she was convicted of selling cocaine, a felony. Interview over. […]

That could soon be easier for Kincaid, 48, of Springfield. Kincaid was one of five people Gov. Bruce Rauner granted clemency earlier this month.

Clemency allows a person to go to court to seek expungement of his or her criminal record.

Go read the rest before commenting, please. Thanks.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

11 Comments
  1. - Anon221 - Thursday, Oct 27, 16 @ 12:08 pm:

    From the article- “She found out clemency had been granted when a friend read about it in the newspaper earlier this month and caller her. Nobody from the governor’s office or prison review board has contacted her, she said.

    A spokeswoman for Rauner said the office does not comment on clemency decisions.”

    WHY??? Why didn’t SOMEONE from Rauner’s office, if not Rauner himself, let this great lady KNOW she had been granted clemency??? She has turned her life, and the lives of many others around. She is doing GREAT works! Why, ck, why???


  2. - Chucktownian - Thursday, Oct 27, 16 @ 12:15 pm:

    And if Pat Quinn had done it, Rauner would’ve spent millions on “soft on crime” commercials.


  3. - Michelle Flaherty - Thursday, Oct 27, 16 @ 12:23 pm:

    That Quinn never got it done and Rauner didn’t bother to tell her he’d done it pretty much sums up the two administrations.


  4. - Precinct Captain - Thursday, Oct 27, 16 @ 12:25 pm:

    I’ll start with the bad, then make my way to the good.

    It’d be great if Rauner’s office actually bothered to communicate clemency to those they to which they grant it.

    This is what governing is about. Concrete action you can take for the common good to improve people’s lives and move our communities forward. If there was more of this type of thinking applied to actions taken by the Rauner administration, this state would be in a lot better shape.


  5. - Oneman - Thursday, Oct 27, 16 @ 1:05 pm:

    Going to sound silly, but should have corrections told her.

    Anyway, just for reference it is ok just to be happy with something the Governor did, they will not take away your I have Bruce card…


  6. - Anonymous - Thursday, Oct 27, 16 @ 1:20 pm:

    Yes, more like this. The percentage of approvals Rauner has granted versus denials is abysmal.


  7. - Team Sleep - Thursday, Oct 27, 16 @ 1:38 pm:

    How was this not communicated?! Even an autopenned letter with “Dear Marcella” emblazoned at the top would be sufficient.


  8. - Anonymous - Thursday, Oct 27, 16 @ 1:40 pm:

    ==Yes, more like this. The percentage of approvals Rauner has granted versus denials is abysmal==

    What’s abysmal is the number of applications Blago and Quinn even took the time to review,


  9. - Ahoy! - Thursday, Oct 27, 16 @ 2:13 pm:

    We need a lot more like that and should consider automatic expungement after a certain amount after a crime. Our criminal justice system is a relic.


  10. - Anonymous - Thursday, Oct 27, 16 @ 2:23 pm:

    Maybe, once a clemency petition has been filed it should be automatically approved unless the Governor denies it within three years of the application date? That would prevent a backlog issue from happening once again.


  11. - Rabid - Thursday, Oct 27, 16 @ 2:46 pm:

    Is she eligible for the FOID card?


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