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It’s official: Rock Island will be home to one of Illinois’ medical marijuana dispensaries and one of the state’s grow houses, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration announced Monday.

Construction of the facilities is expected to begin in the spring and, according to investors, the projects could generate up to 115 new jobs between the two businesses.

“It’s great news on several fronts,” Rock Island Mayor Dennis Pauley said. “It helps the people that need this medicine, and these are two great developments for Rock Island. It’s good to be out on the leading edge.”

Rock Island Medical Marijuana

Ben Kovler, founding principal for GTI, will begin building a medical marijuana grow house this spring in Rock Island

This is a great article and could have a major impact on non-violent offenders in Rock Island County. This could also help those with previous convictions, get obtain gainful employment which could greatly help the State of Illinois debt crisis. If you have a previous conviction, call our office to see if you qualify for an expungement or sealing of your criminal record to help get your life and career goals back on track.  309-797-9000



Before you “Conceal and Carry” in Illinois – Expunge

Will your criminal record prevent you from “Conceal and Carry” in Illinois?

With passage 430 ILCS 66, which allows an individual to legally carry a concealed firearm. There are some criminal offenses that do not qualify for expungement and an individual cannot expunge a charge on their criminal record if they have even a single conviction, or have pleaded guilty to the charge. The expungement laws do allow for expungement of non-convictions such as arrests resulting in an acquittalRestore Gun Rights or dismissals. There are other alternatives, such as Restoring your Civil Rights, to obtain your Conceal and Carry License after a conviction. I would encourage anyone wanting to ultimately obtain a permit to allow him or her to carry a concealed firearm to make sure any arrests that qualifies for expungement,  are in fact expunged prior to submitting an application to the Illinois State Police.

The Firearm Concealed Carry Act, 430 ILCS 66,  allows an eligible individual to legally carry a concealed firearm with a valid Concealed Carry License. There are requirements a person must meet in order to obtain a license. The Illinois State Police looks at the criminal record of an individual and bases their decision as to whether to issue such a license to an individual. Section 15 of the new law provides that “any law enforcement agency may submit an objection to a license applicant based upon a reasonable suspicion that the applicant is a danger to himself or herself or others, or a threat to public safety”. This is obviously purposefully vague language that serves to open the door for objections by law enforcement agencies. For more information on this topic, please visit the expungement section of our website, or Call or email us 309-797-9000.

By: Hanna & Ruud, LLC Attorneys at Law – June 9, 2015