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Don't Worry About The Past: Governor Pulls "Criminal History" Box From Job Applications

SPRINGFIELD - It'll be a bit easier for people with criminal records to get state jobs.

SPRINGFIELD - It'll be a bit easier for people with criminal records to get state jobs.

Gov. Pat Quinn (D) banned state agencies from inquiring on job applications about past convictions.  He says it can help qualified job seekers at least get an interview.

"A law-abiding citizen's past mistakes should not serve as a lifetime barrier to employment" says Quinn.  "Creating opportunities for ex-offenders to obtain gainful employment and reach their full potential as a member of society is one of the most effective tools for reducing recidivism."

But, critics say it's better to be upfront about yourself from the beginning.

"You definitely need to be upfront with those" says Ted Boone.  "I mean, there's all kinds of dangers of the crime they've had in the past that wouldn't be fitting in the workplace."

Quinn's order doesn't guarantee a job.  State agencies must still perform background checks and ask about criminal records later in the application process.

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