Posts tagged "sealing"

A way out of poverty: New Illinois law allows some felons to have their records sealed

A way out of poverty: New Illinois law allows some felons to have their records sealed
In the 1980s, Rita Allison shoplifted from a suburban department store. It happened so long ago that she doesn’t remember the name of the store, or what exactly it was she stole. But Allison, 55, said she was caught – and charged with six felony counts. The Chicago Reporter met Allison at a weekend forum... Read more »

Domestic workers bill of rights seeks to regulate “wild west” of labor rights abuses

Domestic workers bill of rights seeks to regulate “wild west” of labor rights abuses
Nannies, home-care workers and other domestic workers have long fallen between the cracks of employment law. Eric Rodriguez, executive director of the Latino Union, a workers’ center helping low-wage earners, compared it to the “wild west”–so few labor protections that minimum-wage and overtime violations run rampant in the industry. With a pending Domestic Workers’ Bill... Read more »

What's up this week: Clerk Brown to host seminar on expunging, sealing criminal records and clemency

What's up this week: Clerk Brown to host seminar on expunging, sealing criminal records and clemency
Clerk of the Circuit Court Dorothy Brown will co-host a seminar on Friday, July 20, to provide information for people interested in having their criminal records expunged or sealed, and also on how to seek clemency. Representatives from Brown’s office, legal experts and volunteer attorneys will explain the eligibility requirements to clear a criminal record,... Read more »
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Illinois State Police start expunging backlogged criminal records

Under pressure from a Cook County judge, the Illinois State Police has relaxed its opposition to sealing or expunging the criminal records of thousands of ex-offenders in the last seven months, but hundreds have yet to reap the benefits. Paul P. Biebel Jr., presiding judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County Criminal Division, demanded... Read more »