The FOUR reentry bills that FORCE and the Restoring Rights and Opportunities Coalition of Illinois (RROCI) helped to pass in the Illinois General Assembly during the 2016 legislative session have recently been signed into law by Governor Rauner!
FORCE leader Dwight Young has been advocating in Springfield for SB 42 so that qualified health care professionals can obtain or renew their health care license. SB 42 addresses the unintended consequences of 2011 legislation that has meant the loss of quality jobs for a number of Illinoisans, including Dwight who lost his job as registered nurse. Prior to 2012, Dwight and other individuals with forcible felonies were successfully and safely licensed by the State in health professions.
The Illinois General Assembly did not take action on several important police accountability bills to remove the sworn affidavit requirement to file a police misconduct complaint and prevent the destruction of police misconduct records.
Current Illinois law prohibits park districts from even considering qualified candidates with certain criminal convictions—regardless of how long ago those offenses occurred, the circumstances surrounding them or any other mitigating information. As a result, deserving and qualified applicants in our communities are unable to access jobs in their own communities.
At the April 12 rally in the rotunda of the Illinois State Capitol, hundreds of faith leaders joined CRS and put their faith into action. We marched, chanted, and prayed outside the Governor’s office demanding a fair budget now! We met with legislators and asked them to: increase job opportunities for people with criminal records; improve police accountability; and enact a fair tax and fair budget that protect the most vulnerable.