Remove Barriers to Jobs for People with Criminal Records: SB 42, SB 3005, HB 4360 & HB 4515 (FORCE)

In 2016, FORCE helped to led the passage of four bills in the Illinois General Assembly that would remove lifetime barriers to employment for people with records in Illinois health care facilities (HB 4515SB 42), park districts (SB 3005) and schools (HB 4360) along with our partners in the Restoring Rights and Opportunities Coalition of Illinois (RROCI). 
 
Current Illinois law makes it illegal for employers in school districts, park districts, and health care facilities to consider hiring the candidate they feel is the best fit for a given job—simply because of their past mistakes. These barriers block employment for people with criminal records regardless of how well qualified they are, how long ago their offenses occurred, or the circumstances surrounding them. As a result, hundreds of thousands of men and women in our communities are unable to access the jobs they need to provide for themselves and their families.
 
Support HB 4515 & SB 42 to create job opportunities in health care for people with criminal records. 
 
HB 4515 Creates Job Opportunities in Health Care Facilities like Nursing Homes
  • Under current law, healthcare facilities cannot hire applicants with a “disqualifying” criminal record, unless the applicant is granted a waiver by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). Even with a waiver, qualified applicants are frequently still denied jobs.  
  • To increase opportunity, SB 42 changes the Health Care Worker Registry so that it focuses on the applicant’s eligibility for work—not whether they have obtained a waiver.  People with a waiver will no longer have a “red flag.”  Employers are still free to hire (or deny) whomever they choose.  
  • Removes low-level cannabis-related convictions (misdemeanors) from the list of disqualifying offenses in the Health Care Worker Background Check Act.
SB 42 Creates Licensing Opportunities for Qualified Health Care Professionals 
  • The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) licenses health care professionals like respiratory therapists, dental hygienists, physicians, nurses, and occupational therapists.  
  • SB 42 establishes a robust review process that allows a health care professional with a forcible felony conviction (excluding any sex offenses) to petition the IDFPR to obtain/reinstate their license after a 3-year waiting period.
Spport HB 4360 to create job opportunities in schools for people with criminal records. 

HB 4360 Returns Discretion to Local Schools and Allows Employers to Hire the Best Candidates for Jobs

  • Removes the life-time bars for men and women with controlled substances convictions.
  • Replaces the life-time bar against people with non-violent, non-sex related offenses with a 7 year restriction after completion of sentence.
  • Enables discretionary review of misdemeanor cannabis, prostitution, and public indecency charges.
Support SB 3005 to create job opportunities in park districts for people with criminal records. 

SB 3005 Returns Discretion to Local Park Districts and Allows Employers to Hire the Best Candidates for Jobs

  • Removes the life-time bars for men and women with controlled substances convictions.
  • Replaces the life-time bar against people with non-violent, non-sex related offenses with a 7 year restriction after completion of sentence.
  • Enables discretionary review of misdemeanor cannabis, prostitution, and public indecency charges, and removes juvenile adjudications for drug offenses from disqualifying offenses.

Removing these barriers would promote self-sufficiency by allowing hardworking men and women to apply for jobs from which they are currently barred due to past mistakes and reduce recidivism—making our communities safer, saving taxpayers money, and allowing employers to determine for themselves who they want to hire.

For more information, contact:
Lindsey Hammond | lhammond@communityrenewalsociety.org | (312) 673-3841
Marlon Chamberlain | mchamberlain@communityrenewalsociety.org | (312) 673-3805


FORCE (Fighting to Overcome Records and Create Equality) is an initiative of Community Renewal Society, led by people with records, their families, and faith allies who organize to create change and justice for people with records. By coming together, we can change the systems which seek to keep us and our communities imprisoned.





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PDF icon HB 4360 Fact Sheet477.93 KB
PDF icon HB 4515 Fact Sheet593.11 KB
PDF icon SB 42 Fact Sheet618.02 KB
PDF icon SB 3005 Fact Sheet481.46 KB
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