Category: Pardons

Can a Sex Offender Get a Pardon in Illinois?

If you are like many people, you find expungements, criminal record sealing, and pardons a little bit confusing – and that’s totally normal. The system is fairly complex, and there are major similarities and differences between each type of record clearing. Pardons are the most rare form of criminal record clearing, so can a sex offender get a pardon in Illinois? This guide explains.

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What Are the Abbreviations on an Illinois RAP Sheet?














If you’re like many people in the process of expunging or sealing your criminal record, or if you’re simply looking at a copy of your own arrest record, you’re probably wondering what all the abbreviations and acronyms mean. This guide explains the abbreviations on an Illinois RAP sheet so you know what you’re dealing with.

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How to Expunge Arrest Records in Illinois

Having a criminal record can prevent you from getting a job, finding a place to live, or even obtaining credit – but is there anything you can do about it? What if you were simply arrested and never charged, or if you were found not guilty of a crime?

Illinois law allows you to expunge those types of records. Here’s what you need to know.

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New Governor, New Pardons: Gov. Bruce Rauner Issues First Two Pardons

Governor Bruce Rauner (R) issued his first two pardons in the state of Illinois in early April, and there’s still a considerable backlog for him to work his way through. His office rejected 57 out of the 59 clemency requests, and he’s still facing thousands left behind by former Governor Pat Quinn. (Quinn reviewed nearly 5,000 petitions, granting about 1,800 of them and denying the rest.) Read more… Read More


How to Get a Pardon from the Governor of Illinois

A pardon from the governor of Illinois can change your life – it can literally give you a fresh start. But how do you apply for a pardon in Illinois, and what are the chances it will be approved?

How to Get a Pardon from the Governor of Illinois

Pardons aren’t incredibly common, but they are granted to some people. A pardon can clear your criminal record after you’ve been Read More


What’s the Difference Between a Pardon and Clemency?

You see the terms pardon and clemency in the news from time to time, but they can be a little confusing. Sometimes they’re used interchangeably, but there are technical differences between the two that drastically affect the people they’re applied to. In our area, either of these is usually the result of a Chicago expungement lawyer’s hard work and negotiation.

What is a Pardon?

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