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ALORTON, Ill. (KSDK) – A meeting aimed at second changes in the justice system is raising eyebrows because it was organized by a mayor who happens to be in legal trouble herself.

Alorton Mayor JoAnn Reed is accused of official misconduct after allegedly using a village credit card to buy food for herself and relatives. On Saturday, she said she wanted to put all of that aside to address a need in her community for information that could help give them a fresh start.

Dozens attended a seminar with St. Clair County State Attorney Brendan Kelly and Circuit Clerk Kahala Clay that discussed the process of expungement and how to clear your record after a crime.

"The idea is to guide them through the process, provide the necessary forms and give as much assistance as possible to a needy group of people who have blemishes on their record who truly don't know how to take care of an expungement or how to get the record sealed," Reed said.

Reed says the idea did not come from her current legal issues.

"No, it didn't come across because I have the issues I'm facing," she said. "It came across because there's a need. It is one of my passion to help people in my community and one would be to help with their criminal records."

Kelly says some offenses are permanent and should be – like violent crimes.