Blakeman lowers cost of having record expunged

URBANA — Champaign County Circuit Clerk Katie Blakeman is touting a milestone in her political career: a significant reduction in a filing fee. Effective Tuesday, anyone wanting to file a petition seeking to have records expunged has to pay only $136, not the previous $237. "We found a way to send those petitions via electronic delivery, as allowed by Supreme Court Rule 11, and (Sixth Circuit Chief) Judge Dan Flannell vacated the order requiring us to send them certified mail, which was the bulk of that cost," said Blakeman, who eight weeks ago started her third full year in office. As circuit clerk, Blakeman is the keeper of all records for the circuit court judges. She estimated that betwe

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