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Expungement Summit

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, June 5th 2010

Dorothy Brown, the Clerk of the Circuit of Cook County and a host of others will be hosting a “Expungement Summit” on Saturday June 5, 2010.  This event is for adults & juveniles, and will have volunteer attorneys on site to help w/ expungement and sealing applications. Information on employment, job training, health care and other services for ex-offenders will be available.  The expungement process is when a “record of criminal conviction is destroyed or sealed from the state of Federal repository.” 

There’s a process one has to undergo and a fee but in the end it can make all the difference.  This summit will give you great information on this topic and available resources in your community.


Dwight D. Eisenhower High School

12700 Sacramento Ave., Blue Island, IL


June 5, 2010

Registration begins at 8:30 am and the doors close at 6 pm.

Contact info:

For more information, you can call 312-603-5696 or visit www.cookcountyclerkofcourt.org

Also, please read up on the information provided in the expungement packet which can be found at the site above.  It will tell you what information to bring, the expungement process, and help you to find if you qualify for expungement.



D’oh: Patrick Kane Indicted by Grand Jury


Ok, so I’m sure by now everyone knows about Blackhawk star Patrick Kane.  Great rookie season, led his team into the playoffs, but as of late ran into some trouble.  Him and his cousin, allegedly beat up and robbed a cab driver all b/c he didn’t give them proper change for their cab ride.  The cab drive allegedly shorted them 20 cents and that’s when things took a turn for the worse.  On Wednesday, the two were indicted on misdemeanor assault and theft charges but a grand jury dismissed the more serious felony second-degree robbery charges.  They face up to a year in jail.  We have to make better decisions, especially when you’re in the public eye.  He could lose out of alot of future endorsements b/c many companies may not want a star w/ his type of past history.  Where’s Homer Simpson…ahh there he is!




The Chicago Sun-Times reports that earlier this morning, a 17 year old from the Back of the Woods Neighborhood accidentally shot himself while playing w/ a gun in the alley.  He’s listed in fair condition right now, but shot himself in the abdomen area.  The Chicago Police do plan to press charges on the teenage boy for discharging a gun and having an unregistered weapon.  Didn’t people learn anything from the infamous Plaxico Burress.  I believe today, he’s more known for shooting himself in the club as opposed to helping the Giants win a SuperBowl Title.

Kids guns aren’t cool and definitely do more damage than good.  Not only can they hurt or kill others around you, but they can also hurt you.  Now this kid, may be tried as an adult and face criminal charges for hurting himself.  Not only did he hurt himself physically, but he definitely hurt his future!!! Smarten Up!!!


art_hatley_walbI know, I know…how can a man w/ no child be in debt for child support? Better yet, how can that same man be jailed for over a year for non-payment of child support?  Well the Atlanta courts has an answer, I think. 

The story goes that Frank Hatley had a relationship w/ a women in 1986 and she gave birth to a little boy.  She told Hatley, the child was his but soon after the two split up and never lived together.  Soon afterwards, she filed for public assistance and under Georgia law, the state can re-coup assistance from a child’s non-custodial parent (i.e. the deadbeat).  For 13 years, Hatley made payments to the state until learning in 2000 that the boy might not be his. A DNA test that year confirmed the child was not fathered by Hatley, court documents said.  He returned to court and was relieved of any future child support payments, but was ordered to pay more than $16,000 he owed the state before the ruling.  He fell behind on his payments b/c of losing his job multiple times and wound up in jail for non-payment of child support.

Today he’s a free man!  Word of advice: That best way to prevent pregnancy is through safe sex. Always use protection or this could be you!!  I know a few people that would go crazy once they found out they weren’t the child’s father.



As William Clifton sat while his cousin pleaded guilty to a felony drug charge, he stretched out and yawned.  His sentence?  Six months in jail.  WOW I know right.  According to the Chicago Tribune, the maximum someone can be held in criminal contempt without a jury is 6 months.  The judge saw his gesture as total disrespect and an attempt to disrupt the court proceedings.  I’m no lawyer or anything like that but don’t we need room to lock-up real criminals in an already over-crowded jail system.  We have over 10,000 people locked up in Cook County jail and last I checked yawning wasn’t on the same level as murder, theft, kidnapping, drug dealing, etc.  Just last month, I remember Donte Stallworth being released from jail after serving a 30-day sentence for DUI manslaughter.  On the other hand, another man gets 6 months for yawning in the courtroom.  SMH

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The Supreme Court says Yes. Today in a 5-4 majority ruling the Nation’s highest ruling judges sided with  20 New Haven, Connecticut firemen who said they were denied promotions because they were not minorities. Ruling against the city of New Haven, the Court determined that promotion exams of several firemen were improperly tossed out because there were too few qualified Hispanic and African Americans to equally fill the available positions.

Because some work fields are required to employee a certain amount of jobs to minorities, the ruling is a critical one that may determine some future hiring and promotion practices across the country. Some are even arguing if equal opportunity and civil rights laws should even still be in place since events such as Barack Obama’s election shows some improvement on race relations. Although I do believe the ruling was fair I think its silly to assume opportunities are equally given to everyone. To learn more about this case and the ruling click here.