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Earlier this year I wrote about Illinois’ Ban-the-Box Law, which is scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2015. I’d like to point out a few things I did not mention. First, the law includes a broad exception for employers who are prohibited under federal or state law from hiring someone who has committed […]

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Illinois Continues to Offer a Helping Hand to Individuals with Criminal Backgrounds The current legislature session has resulted in the enactment of two important pieces of legislation for those who have criminal backgrounds. Illinois Finally Permits Individuals to Seal Certain Misdemeanor Crimes of Violence After several failed lobbying attempts, the Illinois Legislature finally agreed to […]

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For the last several years the U.S. economy has failed to create enough jobs for the number of people looking for work. Illinoisans have suffered more than others. Illinois ranks third in the percentage of unemployed workers – 8.6% — only Rhode Island and Nevada have higher rates of employment. Some job seekers have fared […]