Circuit clerk plans workshop to help people clean up records

URBANA — As Champaign County's elected keeper of court records, Katie Blakeman says people ask her how to cover the tracks of their past mistakes almost daily. "Either they are unemployed or underemployed and their criminal record is a barrier to them for employment," the circuit clerk said of the primary reason people ask to have records wiped out or sealed. For those who need guidance with that legal process, Blakeman is sponsoring her first Expungement and Record Sealing Summit, set for 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 22 at Stone Creek Church, 2502 S. Race St., U. "We've had an overwhelmingly positive response," said Blakeman, who was inspired to act by a similar event she attended last summer p

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