News

Governor Signs Raoul’s Expungement Bill

Governor Signs Raoul’s Expungement Bill

Photo: Associated Press

The governor has signed a bill to expunge juvenile arrest records.

It requires the State Police to expunge the arrest records annually of those over 18 who were arrested as juveniles and never charged, charged but not convicted, or who were convicted of minor offenses and completed supervision.

“This is a major piece of legislation that pushes us in the right direction with regard to creating that distinction between juvenile and adult offenses and creating the opportunity for a second chance,” said State Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago) (pictured).

The law also establishes a mechanism for affected individuals to check with the State Police to see if their records which should have been expunged actually were, and for the State Police to provide documentation for them to bring to the local police department that arrested them, if necessary, to get their name cleared under the law.

Raoul says arrest records can prevent someone from getting into school or getting a student loan, getting a job or getting housing, even if the individual did nothing wrong.

Recent Headlines

in Local

Member of Jesse White Tumblers Shot

Fresh

Murdered Chicago teen a member of Jesse White Tumblers.

in Local

Durbin Weighs In on Senate Proposal to Revoke NFL Non-Profit Status

Fresh
dickdurbin1

Dick Durbin says he's still deciding on the U.S. Senate proposal that would revoke the NFL's non-profit designation.

in Local

Rauner Tells GOP Not to Expect Favors if He is Elected

Fresh
Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate businessman Bruce Rauner participates in a Republican gubernatorial candidate debate Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Springfield, Ill. The four Republican gubernatorial candidates said that they’ll be willing to work with unions if elected but differed on how to approach the relationship during a downstate debate that largely focused on pension reform, taxes and just briefly on personal issues that have dogged some of the candidates.

Republican candidate for Illinois governor Bruce Rauner says he won't offer any patronage jobs to GOP members if he wins.

in Local

Illinois Awards $25.8M in Health Outreach Grants

Health

Most of the same Illinois organizations that helped consumers sign up for insurance in the first year of the Affordable Care Act will receive additional funding for a second year.

in Local

Quinn: No Point in Plan B for Pension Overhaul

pension

Amid signals that Illinois' pension overhaul could be found unconstitutional, Gov. Pat Quinn argued Friday that it makes no sense to develop a contingency plan.