Illinois Bans the Box

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 19, 2014

Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Help Ensure Fair Hiring Practices Across Illinois
New Law Prevents Criminal Background Checks Until After an Applicant is Deemed Qualified for a Job
 

CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to help ex-offenders secure employment in the private sector and become productive members of society. The new law prevents criminal background checks until after an applicant is deemed qualified for a job. Today’s action follows an administrative order the Governor issued last year to ensure the same consideration for those seeking state employment. Today’s bill signing is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensure all Illinois’ workers are treated fairly.

“Everyone deserves a second chance when it comes to getting a job,” Governor Quinn said. “This law will help ensure that people across Illinois get a fair shot to reach their full potential through their skills and qualifications, rather than past history. It will also help reduce recidivism, fight poverty and prevent violence in our communities by putting more people back to work.”  Click here to continue reading

 

 

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