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McBride Receives Gubernatorial Pardon


September 28, 2018

Jeff McBride Receives Governors Pardon

It was sweltering that summer on Market Street in Waukegan, where Jeff McBride grew up with his family. It was so hot, that like many of the poverty-stricken families in the community, they longed for an air conditioner. So, Jeff, using bad judgement, went to J.C. Penney and stole one. It was a bad decision, and like a bad dream, it has haunted him for the rest of his life. Even though he returned the product, he was still charged with a felony, one that would perhaps roadblock him from continuing to be a public servant after 37 years of helping others.

The first time I saw Jeff Mc...

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