CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation to erase some arrest records for children who were not charged with a crime.
The legislation approved Saturday automatically clears records in less-serious, non-violent cases upon the person’s 18th birthday.
The law takes effect Jan. 1. It will exclude sex-related offenses, higher-level felony arrests and those occurring within the previous six months.
Supporters say the law will give youths a better chance to get jobs, enter college and avoid gang violence.
Some lawmakers were concerned because the measure does not guarantee that some lower-level arrest records will not be made public.
The Democratic governor said Saturday the new law, known as the “clean slate” measure, will ensure youths “have every opportunity to land a job and succeed in life.”
The bill was sponsored by State Senator Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago) and State Representative Art Turner (D-Chicago).
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