Despite a federal ruling that Illinois’ concealed carry ban is unconstitutional, police, prosecutors and judges alike say they are disregarding the finding and continuing to enforce the law — at least for now.
Police say they continue to arrest those who violate the state’s ban on carrying a gun in public, and prosecutors continue to charge them. Backing up the authorities — but perhaps creating more confusion — a state court ruled last week that the federal decision is not binding on Illinois courts and upheld the nation’s last concealed carry ban as constitutional.
The basic idea behind expungement in Illinois is to give people with a criminal record a fresh start. This process, also known as record clearing or expungement, involves having your criminal records sealed. When your records are sealed, the court order restricts public access and prevents employers, landlords, and other third parties from seeing them.
In Illinois, expungement of criminal records is regulated by the Criminal Identification Act (20
A background check is a way to search someone’s personal background information. It can include things like criminal records, addresses, education and more. Depending on who’s doing the checking, the type of information varies greatly. This guide explains what comes up on criminal background checks – and what you can do if you have a criminal record you don’t want anyone to see.