Four FORCE Bills Signed Into Law!

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!

HB 4360, HB 4515, SB 42, and SB 3005 will change lives by increasing employment opportunities for Illinois residents who have a criminal record and want to work in schools, health care facilities, and park districts.

Thank YOU for your advocacy and support for the past few years to make justice roll on like a river. Your phone calls, visits, emails, and ongoing conversations with your legislators made an enormous difference.  

Please take a moment to send thank you emails to the elected officials who also helped to make these victories possible.

As part of RROCI, we believe that everyone, regardless of their past, deserves a meaningful future. We are proud to have worked tirelessly to pass these bills and are confident that they will be successful in creating real job opportunities – because they are solutions drawn directly from the experiences of people with criminal records struggling to work.

“Passing SB 42 was a dream come true,” said Dwight Young, a FORCE leader and nurse. “SB 42 will give me and thousands of qualified and motivated individuals an opportunity to be a part of an ever growing field and, most importantly, to help others by giving quality care to those in need.”

Thank you for helping to make dreams come true!  

Take action now and send thank you emails to Governor Rauner and the chief sponsors of these bills for their leadership on removing barriers to employment for people with records.

FORCE (Fighting to Overcome Records and Create Equality) is part of the Restoring Rights and Opportunities Coalition of Illinois (RROCI) spearheaded by Cabrini Green Legal Aid, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, Community Renewal Society, and Heartland Alliance for Human Needs and Human Rights. RROCI is committed to solutions driven with a community voice and believes that Illinois needs a fair system of justice that recognizes human dignity and that everyone deserves a meaningful future.

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