January 2, 2019
Iroquois County adults with criminal records have the opportunity for a fresh start and new opportunities in the new year. Second Chance Saturday, an expungement/sealing summit free to qualifying applicants, is scheduled for Saturday, April 13, 2019, at the Kankakee Community College’s South Extension Center. The summit will take place from 10am to 4pm at the center located at 1488 E. Walnut Street in Watseka, Illinois.
Second Chance Saturday is limited to the first 50 pre-registered applicants, who must register by Wednesday, January 30, 2019. Applicants can register by e-mailing Teri Tincher, a career planner with the Champaign County Regional Planning Commission (RPC), at firstname.lastname@example.org, by phone at 815-432-5246, or in person between 8:30am and 4:30pm at the RPC/Workforce Development Center located at 1001 E. Grant Street, Room 109, in Watseka.
“It is my hope that our local residents take advantage of this opportunity to remove barriers that keep them out of the workforce,” Tincher says. “It will be a one-stop shop.”
In order to qualify, applicants have to be at 200% of the federal poverty level and have a criminal record in Iroquois County. Approved applicants will receive assistance to secure Illinois State Police records, prepare petitions for expungement and/or sealing of eligible records, file petitions with the court, and secure hearing dates. Applicants with drug convictions must secure clean drug tests within 30 days of filing their petitions in order to qualify for sealing.
Potential employers will be available at Second Chance Saturday to accept job applications from summit participants. Applicants are encouraged to bring a resumé. The RPC, Prairie State Legal Services, and Cabrini Green Legal Aid developed this event.
Prairie State Legal Services is an organization that offers free legal services for low-income persons and those aged 60 and over who have serious civil legal problems and need legal help to solve them. There are 12 office locations serving 36 counties in northern Illinois. Prairie State Legal Services is a charitable not-for-profit organization and gifts are tax deductible under IRS section 501(c)(3).