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Legislators OK plan to erase juvenile arrests

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Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD -- The legislature has advanced a plan that would erase some arrest records for children who weren't charged or convicted of the alleged crime.

The state Senate voted 36-16 on Thursday to approve a proposal that would require the Illinois State Police to delete its arrest records for those minors. The measure would exclude alleged sex-related offenses, higher-level felony arrests and those occurring within the previous six months.

It now goes to Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn's desk for approval.

Supporters say the plan would give kids a better chance to get jobs, enter college and avoid gang violence.

Some lawmakers say they're concerned because the measure doesn't guarantee that some lower-level arrest records wouldn't be made public.

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