Critics Blast Quinn’s Clemency Decisions

(Madison County, IL) — Former Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is still getting backlash for his decision to cut in half the prison sentence of a woman who killed her husband by setting him on fire while he slept. Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons told the “State Journal-Register” that he doesn’t understand why Tammy Englerth’s 40-year sentence was reduced without notice to his office. Quinn offered no explanation earlier this week for making Englerth eligible for parole in 2025 rather than in 2045. Meanwhile, Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez is also upset that Quinn commuted the sentences of two inmates convicted for murder and a man who wounded several Chicago police officers during a shoot-out.