Juvenile expungement signingCHICAGO - Sen. Collins attends a bill signing with her mentee, Avery Bolden. On Saturday, Gov. Quinn signed a new law that will automatically expunge most juvenile arrest records (when the arrest did not lead to charges) for youth who have turned 18 and have not been arrested during the past six months. Until now, the procedure for asking a court to order these records expunged was so complicated that of 21,000 minors arrested in Cook County in 2013, only 400 successfully petitioned for expungement. When young people have a second chance to find employment or continue their education, communities thrive and our future looks brighter.

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