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Mulroe fights for access to juvenile records

juvenile records 080618CHICAGO – Illinois youth and their guardians will no longer be prevented from accessing their investigation and arrest records under a new law sponsored by State Senator John G. Mulroe (D-Chicago).

“It’s important for minors, their family and their legal representation to have access to their records,” Mulroe said.

Under current law, minors cannot receive a copy of their own records before their 18th birthday, nor can their guardians or lawyers. However, law enforcement and prosecutors can access a juvenile’s record. Senate Bill 2915 corrects that discrepancy.

“It’s important to balance protecting a juvenile’s identity with ensuring that the right people have access to information to help them,” Mulroe said.

Additionally, Senate Bill 2915 requires juvenile court proceedings to be expunged by the arresting agency within 60 days of receiving the expungement order.

This legislation, which was signed into law today, takes effect immediately.

Sen. John G. Mulroe

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10th District
(Retired)

Years served: 2010 - 2019

Committee assignments: Commerce and Economic Development; Criminal Law; Executive; Insurance (Vice-Chairperson); Judiciary (Chairperson); Public Health; Subcommittee on Const. Amendments.

Biography: Born July 21, 1959, in Chicago; BBA, accounting, Loyola University; J.D., Loyola University School of Law; member of Chicago and Illinois State Bar associations; full-time attorney; former assistant state's attorney and arbitrator for Cook County; certified public accountant; married (wife, Margaret), four children.

Associated Representative:
Robert Martwick
Michael P. McAuliffe