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Illinois governor pardons 1800s abolitionists

FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2014, file photo, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn answers questions during a luncheon in Chicago. Quinn posthumously pardoned three Illinois abolitionists who were convicted for anti-slavery efforts in the 1800s. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)CHICAGO (AP) — Three Illinois abolitionists who were convicted for anti-slavery efforts in the 1800s were posthumously pardoned Wednesday by Gov. Pat Quinn, their names among 102 people granted New Year’s Eve clemency by the outgoing Chicago Democrat.

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