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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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Why Tell Employer About Your Criminal Record I am often asked “Should I tell a potential employer about my criminal record?” I believe there is a benefit to telling an employer about your criminal record.  That does not mean it is the first topic you discuss. Remember, a job interview is like a first date: […]

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2015 Illinois Second Chance Legislation Currently, several pieces of second chance legislation are being considered by the Illinois General Assembly.  Specifically, the bills would benefit individuals who have a criminal background and want to work in health care or  education. In March, I published an Op Ed piece in the Sun-Times, in which I urged […]

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WHY MARK WAHLBERG DOESN’T DESERVE A PARDON In 2014, actor Mark Wahlberg applied for a pardon from then Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick.  By the time he turned 17, the actor committed several crimes.  After reading his petition, I concluded Wahlberg did not deserve a pardon. I will explain why. His Crimes In 1988, Wahlberg attacked […]

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GOVERNOR QUINN GAVE MANY CONVICTED FELONS SOMETHING TO CELEBRATE BEFORE STEPPING DOWN: CLEMENCY      For those who believe in second chances, 2014 was a good year for some Illinois residents, who have former Governor Pat Quinn to thank. During his tenure, which ended in January 2015, Governor Quinn would rule on 4,928 clemency petitions […]

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Separating Fact from Fiction: Ten Things You Should Know About Having a Criminal Record (Part Two) Several months ago I published the first part of a two-part blog posting on separating fact from fiction on the ramifications of having a criminal record. This posting includes the remaining five things you should know if you have […]

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Separating Fact from Fiction: Ten Things You Should Know About Having a Criminal Record (Part One) The truth about having a criminal record is often misunderstood.  Whether the fault of arm chair legal “experts” or urban legend, there is a great deal of information out there that is simply not true. The following is a […]