The Northern Cook County Informational Expungement Expo, a free event to educate the public on the importance and process of clearing adult and juvenile records, will take place on Saturday, May 21, at the Levy Senior Center in Evanston.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the center at 300 Dodge Ave.

The Northern Cook County Informational Expungement Expo, a free event to educate the public on the importance and process of clearing adult and juvenile records, will take place on Saturday, May 21, at the Levy Senior Center in Evanston.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the center at 300 Dodge Ave.

Participants can talk with attorneys about their records, connect with community organizations, and hear presentations about the challenges that criminal record holders face.

One such challenge is the misinformation surrounding the expungement process.

Naria K. Santa Lucia, executive director of the James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy in Evanston, says misconceptions about criminal records abound.

“People don’t realize that any and all involvement with police or courts—even arrests, juvenile cases, and old cases—stays on their record until they take action to clear it,” she said.

Because involvement with the criminal justice system can severely limit educational, housing, and employment opportunities, many eligible individuals will reap considerable benefits by petitioning to expunge or seal their records.

Although no records will be expunged or sealed at the Expo, attorneys and attorney-supervised law students will review participants’ criminal histories and help those found eligible to begin the record-clearing process.

For the most accurate attorney advice, guests are strongly encouraged to pre-register by May 13, and bring their rap sheet to the Expo. To pre-register, learn how to obtain a rap sheet, or to volunteer at the event, visit ExpungementInfoExpo.com or call 888-543-6410.

The Northern Cook County Informational Expungement Expo is a collaborative effort of the City of Evanston, the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County, the James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy, Rogers Park-based Project NIA, Youth Job Center of Evanston, Inc., Cabrini Green Legal Aid and the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, with support from the Evanston Community Foundation.

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2 Comments

  1. Family Friendly Evanston????

    Is the Mayor kidding? Only in 'family friendly' Evanston:

    – have your teenager get shot at the fast food restaurant of your choice

    – learn how to have your record expunged:

    – does this expungement include those giving extras on 'massages' ?

    – does this expungement include those serving liquor to minors

    – does this expungement include those that hold up jewelry stores?

     

  2. Expunge?

    What information can non-criminals get from this event?  I do understand that some things should be expunged, but are we talking about crimes against persons? Are we talking about convictions? By expunging records are we putting the general public at risk?  I sure would like to know a whole lot more about this.  Will there be seminars to address public concerns?

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