In the first episode of Reimagining Law, Mark Palmer talks to Katie M. Blakeman, Clerk of the Circuit Court for Champaign County, about how her office and circuit clerks across Illinois are continuing to deliver services to the public amid COVID-19.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbq-IFE5Lcc

Champaign County Circuit Clerk Katie Blakeman discusses criminal records clearance efforts in the State of Illinois.

Circuit Clerk Katie Blakeman is quickly becoming a statewide expert on the subject of expungement, sealing, and other forms of criminal record relief in the State of Illinois. In her role as Circuit Clerk, she hosts an annual Expungement and Record Sealing Summit, which provi...

This Saturday, nearly 300 Champaign County residents will gather at a church in Urbana to try to get their criminal records expunged or sealed.

The 279 people registered to attend the county’s 4th Annual Expungement and Record Sealing Summit want their past arrest and court records officially destroyed --- usually in cases where there was no conviction. Or they may be seeking to have cer...

The Champaign County Circuit Clerk's office is dropping collection and late fees on all criminal and traffic cases, this week only, during the office's third annual Amnesty Week. 

It’s called Amnesty Week because if the overdue fine or fee is paid up in full, the Champaign County Circuit Clerk’s office will drop any collection fee or late fee, which would otherwise add a considerable amount t...

URBANA — If you’ve ever booked a hotel room for $149 a night and been billed well over $200 after taxes and fees were tacked on, you can identify with what defendants in Illinois criminal and traffic cases have been feeling for a long time.

Changes that took effect July 1 mean that defendants will now have a clear idea, before pleading guilty, of the true cost of running afoul of the law.

“Pri...

The following article appeared in Smile Politely on May 21, 2019

Just a couple of weeks ago, Governor J.B. Pritzker announced the details of a much anticipated and expected bill to legalize cannabis in the state of Illinois. Champaign County Circuit Clerk Katie Blakeman has seen it coming, and has been a part of the process as considerations are made for those who have been convicted of marij...

 

URBANA — Champaign County Circuit Clerk Katie Blakeman is working behind the scenes to prepare for what's coming when and if recreational cannabis for adults is legalized in Illinois.

That legislation could be introduced as soon as next week.

"I am the co-chair of the legislative committee of the Illinois Association of Court Clerks," said Blakeman, the elected keeper of Champaign County cour...

In January 2019 Katie stoped by the "I Have to Ask..." podcast studios to visit with host Elizabeth Hess and discuss the important work happening in the Circuit Clerks office including the changes in office technology, the Expungement Summitt, and balancing life as a mother, spouse and elected official.  Runtime: 19:35

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URBANA — Residents who have run afoul of the law in Champaign County and owe the government money because of it should take note of the chance to pay fines without fees and interest.

Circuit Clerk Katie Blakeman is offering an amnesty week from Sept. 10 through 14.

Residents who have unpaid traffic tickets or past due fines and fees in criminal cases can avoid paying the collection fees and in...

URBANA — Registration is now open for the third annual expungement and record-sealing summit in Champaign County.

The Oct. 6 summit at Stone Creek Church in Urbana gives people a chance to clear their criminal record, with volunteer lawyers on hand and fees waived.

"Expungement and record-sealing petitions are one of the remedies available to people that can help improve their chances of emplo...

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