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Expungement Clinic in Moline

Help is available for probably hundreds of local residents having trouble applying for jobs, housing, and education. Several agencies will hold an "Expungement Clinic" Monday to help people clean up their criminal records.

Kevin Hempy, from Prairie States Legal Services, says the clinic is for Illinois residents. And national surveys show as many as one-third of adults have an arrest or conviction of some kind in their past.

"When folks do end up with a criminal record, that creates a lot of obstacles once they've put that phase of their life behind them and are trying to move forward, whether it's trying to get a job or get into an apartment, those records can really be challenging to navigate."

He says attorneys will help participants with "expungement," which means erasing any past arrests, and "sealing" which is hiding convictions from public view. But not all offenses can be "sealed."

The clinic will be held Monday from 2 to 7 pm at the Moline Library. Pre-registration is necessary, but Hempy says there might be room for some walk-ins.

The clinic is sponsored by Prairie State Legal Services, Project Now, and the 14th Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois. While a graduate student in the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois at Springfield (then known as Sangamon State University), he got his first taste of public radio, covering Illinois state government for WUIS. Here in the Quad Cities, Herb worked for WHBF Radio before coming to WVIK in 1987. Herb also produces the weekly public affairs feature Midwest Week – covering the news behind the news by interviewing reporters about the stories they cover.