Quinn bans conviction questions from state applications

Quinn bans conviction questions from state applications

SPRINGFIELD -- It could soon be easier for people with criminal backgrounds to get state jobs.
SPRINGFIELD -- It could soon be easier for people with criminal backgrounds to get state jobs. Governor Quinn issued an order banning state agencies from asking about past convictions on job applications.

He says it can help qualified job-seekers to at least get an interview. But critics say it's better to be up-front about one's record from the beginning.

State agencies are still required to do background checks and inquire about criminal records later in the application process. They do not have to hire ex-offenders.

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