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A New Start – Clear Up Juvenile Records IL HB 2841

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We the undersigned, demand a simple and inexpensive expungement process to ensure juvenile records are cleared.

The current expungement process is so complicated and expensive that according to the Cook County Clerk of the Circuit Court, Chicago Police arrested 18,287 youth under 17 years old in 2009 and only 437 juvenile records were expunged.  The majority of these arrests are for minor offenses.

The failure to automatically clear these arrest records and the difficult process to obtain an expungement holds back youth in their transition to college, in applying for the military, and in seeking employment.  

Specifically, we demand:

1.) That no local law enforcement agencies can forward juvenile records to the State Police.

      2.) That an individual can petition the court to expunge their juvenile record anytime, for any reason, free of any fiscal or time constraints.  

      Example: A record will be able to be eligible to be expunged if a youth is arrested but the petition is dismissed OR if a petition is never filed 

      3.) That a juvenile record is automatically expunged if a person is 18 years old and has had two years without an arrest. Law enforcement agencies would be responsible for expunging these records.   

      4.) To explicitly state the Illinois Human Rights Act to include civil rights violation if employers ask about expunged juvenile records

We encourage Illinois legislators and policy makers to address this critical issue to ensure our youth can successfully move forward in life.


SUPPORTERS OF HB 2841 Alianza Leadership Institute Alliance of the Southeast American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois Beyondmedia Education BUILD, Inc. Brighton Park Neighborhood Council Chicago Urban League Chicago Metropolis 2020 Child Care Association of Illinois CLAIM Cook County Commissioner Jesus G. Garcia, 7th District DLA Piper Enlace Chicago Gender JUST First Defense Legal Aid Free Write Jail Arts & Literacy Program Health & Medicine Policy Research Group James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy John Howard Association Juvenile Justice Initiative Illinois Safe Schools Alliance Knight of Peter Claver Ladies Auxiliary Count 143 Logan Square Neighborhood Association Loyola Civitas ChildLaw Center MAGIC, Inc. National Council of Negro Women, Chicago Midwest Section Organization of the North East (ONE) Project NIA PTA of Illinois Sankofa Safe Child Initiative Safer Foundation TARGET Area DevCorp TASC United Congress of Community and Religious Organizations (UCCRO) Violence Prevention Collaborative (Little Village) YMCA Street Intervention Program


For more information on juvenile expungement, please visit the following websites

UN-marked Campaign

Juvenile Justice Initiative

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