"Ban the Box" gives convicted felons better chance for job in Illinois

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on October 10, 2013 at 8:36 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 11 at 1:53 PM

 (KMOV)—Convicted felons in Illinois will no longer be asked about their criminal past if they apply for a job with the state.

The decision is part of an administrative order issued by Governor Quinn and is being called “Ban the Box” referring to the box that felons have to check on an employment application.

Quinn said it will help remove a hurdle for former criminals who are trying to get back into the workforce.

State agencies will still be allowed to conduct background checks.

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