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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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Illinois Posed to Reduce Employment Barriers for Ex Offenders, Shorten Sealing Waiting Times In May, I highlighted several bills the Illinois General Assembly was considering to reduce employment and licensing barriers for ex-offenders. Since then two bills have been sent to Governor Rauner. If he signs them, they will go into effect in January 2016. […]

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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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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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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 […]

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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 […]