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Wednesday, Jul 31, 2019

* Press release…

Governor JB Pritzker signed a new law Wednesday that expands access for Illinoisans involved in the criminal justice system to gain employment in the health care industry.

“Over 4 million Illinoisans have an arrest or conviction record – that includes over 40 percent of our working age population,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “This vicious cycle of poverty, crime and injustice – which disproportionately impacts communities of color – does a disservice to everyone involved, from affected families to employers to taxpayers. I’m so proud that this legislation will dismantle another part of the wall that blocks people with records from living a dignified life. Today, with this action, we’re showing the world that we are building an Illinois that works for everyone.”

Senate Bill 1965 creates a timelier and efficient health care waiver application process, expands the list of eligible organizations that can initiate a fingerprint-based background check and those than can request waivers to include workforce intermediaries and pro bono legal service organization, and allows people with disqualifying conditions to obtain waivers before receiving a job offer.

Prior to the passage of SB 1965, only health care employers who extended a conditional offer to an applicant could begin a fingerprint-based background check. The new law expedites that process to reduce the barriers to employment and occupational licensing within the state’s health care sector, which is projected to be the fastest growing industry in the next 10 years. SB 1965 takes effect immediately. […]

By 2026, the Safer Foundation estimates that more than 93,000 jobs will need to be filled in the industry, more than 18,000 healthcare technicians and more than 74,000 in health care support.

* WSIL TV

During a visit to SIU-E, Governor J.B. Pritzker signed a new law expanding voting rights to both student members of the SIU Board of Trustees.

“Student voices matter. That, at its core, is why we’re amplifying the student voice on the Board of Trustees, offering each major campus equal say in board affairs no matter the date or time of year.” said Governor J.B. Pritzker. “I’m so proud to sign into law this legislation that will give both campus’ student trustees the right to vote on every issue that affects those they represent. Today’s announcement and the rejuvenation of SIU makes me truly excited for the future of Illinois.”

While the board is comprised of seven members appointed by the governor and two elected student trustees, only one student trustee has historically been given a vote on matters before the board. The campuses have rotated the vote in the past. The new law takes effect on January 1, 2020.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

3 Comments
  1. - @misterjayem - Wednesday, Jul 31, 19 @ 2:23 pm:

    “Over 4 million Illinoisans have an arrest or conviction record – that includes over 40 percent of our working age population.”

    Such a toll is the sign of a grossly malfunctioning criminal justice system.

    – MrJM


  2. - Chicagonk - Wednesday, Jul 31, 19 @ 3:55 pm:

    Post-prison work and licensing restrictions should be reexamined across the board. The state should also push (perhaps even force) trades unions to eliminate some of their restrictions on having criminal backgrounds.


  3. - Da Big Bad Wolf - Wednesday, Jul 31, 19 @ 6:58 pm:

    I didn’t know any trades had restrictions on convictions, but the contractors they work with might have restrictions, making the trade unions the agent for the contractors wishes.

    If CPS tells the teacher’s union they don’t want felons working as teachers the union’s not going to want to send them felons. They don’t need that battle.

    State licensing of trades can come with restrictions too.


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