Criminal Record Relief


Due to COVID-19, the Expungement & Sealing Help Desk at the Skokie Courthouse will halt in-person operations until further notice. In the meantime, please complete an online application* or call 847-492-1410 for assistance. 

The Moran Center’s Expungement & Sealing Help Desk normally takes place at the Skokie Courthouse (5600 Old Orchard Road, Skokie, IL) every Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. All are eligible to receive advice and legal assistance regardless of age, income, or residency and are served on a first-come, first-served basis. For more general information about the Help Desk, click here.

For general information about the expungement and sealing process, click here.

For detailed information about how to file expungement and/or sealing petitions in Cook County, click here.

Para obtener más información sobre el proceso para borrar o sellar su registro en español, haga clic aquí.

You may also visit our partners at Illinois Legal Aid Online to learn more about eligibility.

The Moran Center is part of a network of 20 non-profit organizations throughout the state who provide free legal representation or legal information to people who want their cannabis convictions off their record. Visit or call 855-963-9532 to register. Questions? Call our office at 847-492-1410.

To learn more about Illinois’ new cannabis laws, you may visit Illinois Legal Aid Online.


I Beg Your Pardon…

In collaboration with Illinois Access to Justice, Illinois Prison Project and Westside Justice Center, the Moran Center developed this comprehensive guide for individuals seeking to file pro se Pardon Petitions. Check it out here!

Then watch this video about how to draft a persuasive clemency petition without the assistance of an attorney featuring Moran Center’s Ina Silvergleid!