The story is common: you do something stupid and illegal in your younger years and you get caught. You go to court, you are convicted, and your criminal record has the horrible black mark from your younger indiscretions for the rest of time.
There does happen to be a light at the end of the tunnel. Illinois law provides options for getting that dreaded black mark off of your record. Illinois Compiled Statute 20 ILCS 2630/0.01 et seq. allows for qualifying arrests, supervision, and probation to be expunged.
However, there are a few exceptions under this Illinois law. The primary exception is if you have previously been convicted of a crime you are likely ineligible to have your record expunged, but you may still be eligible under the law for sealing criminal records, regardless of the outcome of the case. Nevertheless, it is important to note that only criminal records prosecuted and maintained by the state of Illinois are eligible for expungement or sealing; federal and out of state convictions cannot be sealed or expunged under the Illinois statute.