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IDFPR’s  Expanded  Expungement  Rules Can’t Erase Licensed Health Care Workers’ Disciplinary Records Last month I wrote about the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation’s (IDFPR) expanded rules for expunging disciplinary records. In that article, I noted briefly why health care professionals won’t benefit from these changes. The short answer: Blame it on the National […]

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Many PERC Holders Unaware of Mandatory Reporting Rule As an Illinois Permanent Employee Registration Card (PERC) holder, are you aware of the requirement that you have thirty (30) days in which to report to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) any arrests, indictments, or convictions? Last year, I wrote a letter to […]

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IDFPR Routinely Punishes Applicants for Pre-License Criminal Conduct Last year, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) penalized145 individuals due to their pre-license criminal conduct. This group included applicants for nursing, counseling, real estate, barbering, cosmetology, massage therapy, pharmacy, professional engineering, and PERC licenses. Instead of awarding an applicant a clean, unencumbered license, […]

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NEW IL LICENSING RULES MAKE IT EASIER FOR CRIMINAL RECORD HOLDERS TO GET PROFESSIONAL LICENSE Every month the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) reports the names of licensees it has disciplined. During a recent six-month-period the IDFPR disciplined 56 newly-licensed individuals because of a prior criminal record. The IDFPR’s practice of disciplining […]

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When a Mother Loses a Son We All Need to Grieve Today, I want to share a story I wrote two years ago and filed away. What prompted me to write this story was the terrible loss two women I know experienced. Both lost sons who were 20 years old. No one saw their deaths […]

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Are Employers making an end run around Ban-the-Box laws? Today, you need a computer to apply for most jobs. Gone are the days when you could apply in person for a job. For anyone with a criminal background, applying for a job on-line is discouraging. Fortunately, more than half of U.S. states today have leveled […]

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IDFPR Applicants Will Face Fewer Licensing Barriers Due to a Criminal Background Starting January 1, 2018, ex-offenders applying for a professional or occupational license will experience fewer licensing barriers due to their criminal history background, thanks to Public Act 100-0286 (SB 1688).http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/publicacts/100/100-0286.htm The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) will be guided by […]

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Last Thursday, Governor Bruce Rauner signed several bills into law to help ex-offenders move forward with their lives. One of the most significant bills signed that day was House Bill 2373. http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/publicacts/100/PDF/100-0284.pdf Effective immediately, HB 2373 is the largest single expansion of the sealing rules ever taken in Illinois or — for that matter — […]

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SB 1688 Reduces Licensing Barriers For Ex-Offenders Applying for a professional or occupational license in Illinois if you have a criminal background can be a difficult process. This is especially true when you do not consult an attorney who can help you navigate around the potential minefields. This past legislative session, the Illinois General Assembly […]

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REAL ID is Nearly Here Is Illinois Ready to Comply? Nowadays, you can’t enter most office buildings without first displaying a driver’s license (DL) or a state-issued identification card (ID).  Starting January 22, 2018, you may not be able to board a domestic flight unless you have a more secure form of identification (e.g., passport, […]