A clemency hearing is scheduled next month for convicted child killer Paula Sims. The former Alton woman has asked Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner to review her case after being convicted of killing her infant daughters in the 1980s. The Madison County State’s Attorney is opposed to her release.
Tom Gibbons says he filed the same petition that was filed by former state’s attorney Bill Mudge in 2006, when Sims made her first clemency appeal. That bid was denied by then Governor Pat Quinn. Sims was convicted of killing her 6-week old daughter Heather in 1989, and admitted to killing her infant daughter Loralei in 1986 when she was living in Brighton. She was convicted of obstructing justice in that case. In both cases, Sims claimed the children were kidnapped. Sims filed for a new trial in 1999 claiming she suffered from postpartum psychosis at the time the murders were committed, but the request was denied. Her new hearing is scheduled for January 12 in Springfield.