Illinois is making headway on clearing the criminal records of those convicted of possessing small amounts of marijuana – the type of activity that that is no longer a crime. In the first year since Illinois legalized recreational marijuana, the Illinois State Police expunged 492,192 non-felony cannabis arrest records, Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s office announced on Thursday. But that’s only at the state level. County clerks have years to meet a 2025 deadline for expunging local arrest records. Some are ahead of schedule. DuPage, Kane, Knox, Lake, McHenry, McLean, Peoria, Rock Island, Will, and Winnebago counties have expunged arrest records locally, according to the Pritzker administration.

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