CU Speaks! - Katie Blakeman on Criminal Record Clearance Efforts in the State of Illinois

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 provides free legal assistance to participants seeking to clear their records to improve employment and housing prospects. The success of this local event has lead to expanded efforts throughout Illinois. Katie speaks about specific efforts in Champaign County, but also discusses legislative changes that have

Record Numbers Signed Up For Expungement Summit

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 certain convictions sealed from public view, although they can still be accessed by law enforcement and employers for jobs that involve working with children. Some convictions, like sexual violence and DUI cases, are not eligible to be sealed. Others are eligible after a waiting period, and the completion of ter

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