GREAT NEWS: HB 494, a bill removing life-time bars on employment in schools for men and women with criminal records, has passed out of the Illinois Senate today!! The legislation now heads to the Governor's desk.
Special thanks to all supporters who reached out to their legislators, as well as to the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights Policy, Cabrini Green Legal Aid, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, Rep. Kelly Cassidy and State Senator Patricia Van Pelt in helping to get this legislation through both chambers!
Thanks to 18 months of hard work by FORCE leaders and our criminal justice coalition partners, a new bill is moving. SB 42 increases health care job opportunities for people with records. It passed out of the Health Care Licensing Committee on Monday, May 18, 2015. If this bill is going to pass, it has to be called to a vote by Friday, May 29.
SB 42 will help health care workers like LaKesia, who was fired after 14 years of employment in a nursing home because a new owner required background checks on all employees and found a low-level, non-violent, drug conviction in her past. And, it will make a difference for Chinita, who obtained a nurse’s assistant certification in Wisconsin but found, when she moved to Illinois, that she could not get a job due to an old retail theft conviction.