Effective January 1, 2016, Illinois records are eligible for sealing sooner. Illinois legislature amended 20 ILCS 2630/5.2 shortening the waiting period for sealing Illinois records from 4 and 3 years to 3 and 2 years depending on the disposition of the case.
Under the new law, arrests resulting in an order of supervision are now eligible to be sealed 2 years after the termination of petitioner’s last sentence. Additionally, arrests and charges resulting in convictions, first offender probation, Section 410 probation, and eligible class 3 and class 4 felony convictions can now be sealed 3 years after the termination of petitioner’s last sentence.
All arrests resulting in release without charging, charges resulting in acquittal, dismissal, or conviction when the conviction was reversed or vacated are still eligible for sealing at any time.