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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, […]

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IL Poised to Expand List of Sealable Felony Crimes The last time Illinois expanded its list of sealable felony crimes was in 2014.  That law only added a handful of felony offenses to the list. That may all change if Governor Bruce Rauner signs House Bill (HB) 2373 into law. He has until August 26, […]

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Seeking a Legislative Fix to Declining Clemency Rates As long as Bruce Rauner is the governor in Illinois, is clemency still available to someone who has a criminal conviction that can’t be sealed? During his first two years in office, Governor Rauner has granted clemency to only 3.6% of clemency candidates. Governor Pat Quinn, by […]

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Illinois Looks to Expand Sealing Rules for Felons, Reduce Barriers to Licensing Due to a Prior Criminal Record As the Illinois General Assembly approaches its deadline for passing legislation this year, two bills are worth watching if you or someone you know has a criminal background. If passed, one bill would permit  more convicted felons […]

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Following his first year in office, I posted an article about Governor Bruce Rauner’s record of granting clemency. Since then, little has changed. Governor Rauner granted the same percentage of petitions in 2016 as he did in 2015: a mere 3.6%. In 2016, Governor Rauner granted 42 petitions, while denying 1,110. The governor’s clemency approval […]

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IL Lawmakers Seek to Remove Job, Licensing Barriers for Those with a Criminal Record During the most recent legislative session, the Illinois General Assembly considered several bills that would improve employment and licensing opportunities for people who have a criminal record or, in one case, keep someone from getting a criminal record. At the conclusion […]

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Do Convicted Felons Have Voting Rights? That Depends Where You Live Recently, at a forum I gave on the impact of having a criminal background, I was asked if convicted felons have voting rights in Illinois. I gave an answer that I later learned was only partially correct. States Decide When Convicted Felons have Voting […]