Today, July 29th, 2016, Governor Rauner signed into law HB 4360, which will increase employment opportunities in schools and puts hiring decisions back in the hands of local school districts. Effectively immediately, this legislation removes the life-time ban to employment in schools for men and women with controlled substances convictions and replaces it with a 7 year waiting period. It also allows for discretionary review of misdemeanor public indecency, cannabis, and prostitution convictions.
Your action is still needed. During the 2016 legislative session, RROCI passed three other bills (HB 4515, SB 42, and SB 3005) to remove barriers to employment for people with criminal records. Take action now and urge Governor Rauner to sign these bills into law now.
Teleza Rodgers, FORCE (Fighting to Overcome Records and Create Equality) leader and CRS Board member celebrated the passage of HB 4360 saying, “The passing of HB 4360 will aid in restoring people with records and their families to a healthier, safer lifestyle. This bill passing will open doors for men and women to thrive in a society that once DENIED THEM their right to work. This will definitely aid in changing the face of the many communities people with records reside in. More than anything, this will help bring the SENSELESS violence down amongst our youth. Men and women will soon be able to better financially support their families. It is with much hope that more people with records will get involved with this historical movement.” Find out more about how to get involved with FORCE.
Thank you to our sponsors Representative Kelly Cassidy and Senator Patricia Van Pelt! Rep. Cassidy said, "I’m pleased that the Governor has taken this step with us to remove reentry barriers that too often lead to recidivism."
Thanks also to our partners in the Restoring Rights and Opportunities Coalition of Illinois (RROCI) led by Cabrini Green Legal Aid, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, Community Renewal Society, and Heartland Alliance. As part of the RROCI we believe: Illinois needs a fair system of justice that recognizes human dignity; regardless of their past, everyone deserves a meaningful future; together, we can drive solutions with a community voice.