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.