On Monday August 22, Governor Bruce Rauner signed HB 4515 and SB 3005 into law! These bills will increase employment opportunities for people with criminal records in healthcare and park districts. Thank YOU for taking action!
Thanks also to our Restoring Rights and Opportunities Coalition of Illinois (RROCI) partners: Cabrini Green Legal Aid, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, and Heartland Alliance for their work on these critical reforms.
August 5, 2016, Chicago- Our hearts are heavy today. The city has released another video, showing another unarmed black man murdered by the Chicago Police Department (CPD). A department whose sole duty is to serve and protect should be held to the highest standard. Once they take the oath to serve the City of Chicago, they become representatives of our city and of our values. As a city, we should hold our heads down in shame, because CPD's track record makes a strong case that black and brown lives are not valued in Chicago.
My soul is in anguish. How long, O Lord, how long? (Psalm 6:3)
How long will the killing of African Americans by police officers continue? The killings of Alton Sterling from Louisiana and Philando Castile from Minnesota cause us once again to pause, grieve, swear, and scream. The seemingly endless, brutal attacks on black bodies is not acceptable.
The City of Chicago paid more than $210 million to settle police misconduct cases between 2012 and 2015, settling a civil rights lawsuit against the Police Department almost every other day on average, The Chicago Reporter'slatest investigation has found. Rather than rein in the practices that lead to these payouts, officials have borrowed millions to pay for them.
This bill will create opportunities for qualified health care professionals with criminal records to get their health care license for jobs, such as nurses, doctors, occupational therapists or respiratory therapists.