Illinois

Guns

The fight to license gun dealers in Illinois is not over, even though SB 1657, the Gun Dealer Licensing Act, was not called for a vote.

Gun violence touches all of us. Last year in Illinois more than 4,300 people were shot and 720 died, many of them children. We can do something now...

Sealing of Records

The largest sealing expansion that Illinois has ever passed went into effect on August 24! Find out what criminal records are now eligible to be sealed ...

Victory HB 2373

“Finally, I can have an opportunity to provide for my family and show society I am rehabilitated,” said Karlos Lloyd, a FORCE leader...

I’m a FORCE leader and I traveled to Springfield 8 times this session to advocate for HB 2373, which would expand eligibility for records to be sealed.

Community Renewal Society advocates for economic and criminal justice reform policies that restore opportunities for people with criminal records and support police accountability reform throughout Illinois. We oppose new mandatory minimums or sentence enhancements, especially as a solution to gun violence.

After 736 days, a bipartisan budget package passed both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly. Thank YOU for your tireless advocacy efforts!

Illinois is in its last week of the fiscal year and legislators are currently meeting in Springfield for a special session. We are poised to enter our third year without a full budget, increasing the damage to our communities, schools, human service and healthcare sectors.

Join us for the Day of Faith at the Capitol on May 9 when we will celebrate and acknowledge the great work of FORCE.

HB 3142 Passes the House

Quintin Williams shares his research on HB 3142 and calls for support to "Ban the Box" in higher education.

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