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Exonerees who have been granted a pardon by the Governor or a certificate of innocence by the Circuit Court are eligible for the following compensation:


• $85,350 for those who served up to five years


• $170,000 for those who served between five and 14 years


• $199,150 for those who served more than 14 years


The law also reimburses attorney's fees up to 25 percent of the compensation award, provides job search and placement services, and re-entry services. Effective: 2008


Read the statutes here: ILCS 505-8 / ILCS 1015/2 / 1710-125 (PDFs)

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A life stolen, a long road back

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81% of Exonerated People Who Have Been Compensated Under State Laws Received Less Than the Federal Standard, New Innocence Project Report Shows

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