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Free help for low-income Sauk Valley residents looking to clear criminal record

Those looking for help clearing their criminal record of old convictions eligible to be expunged or sealed are invited to take part in free, individual clinics offered by the nonprofit Prairie State Legal Services.

Prairie State is partnering with the Public Interest Law Initiative’s 14th Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee to host one-on-one clinics to help low-income community members having a hard time getting jobs, housing or educational opportunities as a result of their criminal history.

The 2022 Expungement Clinic will provide free legal representation and advice to those with crimes in Whiteside or Lee counties whose convictions are eligible.

In some cases, for example, marijuana convictions made before it became legal to consume can be expunged, or removed, from a person’s record.

There is no cost to participate, but income guidelines will apply.

Call Prairie State Legal Services at 309-283-3744 and leave a voicemail or go to to sign up.

Once signed up, a representative of Prairie States will call to determine if your conviction is eligible.

Most clinics will be conducted virtually, via phone calls, emails, etc., but in-person meetings with clients will be scheduled when necessary.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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