Some state lawmakers want to tighten rules for felons to get state jobs

Some state lawmakers want to tighten rules for felons to get state jobs

A group of Republican Illinois lawmakers is looking to stop people with multiple criminal convictions or ties to gangs from getting a state job.

The comments come in reaction to a recent Chicago Sun-Times report that revealed that a state prison official had over 20 arrests and ties to gang activity.

State Representative John Anthony said that type of situation could allow gangs to infiltrate the state.

Another proposal from the group of GOP legislators would bar someone from getting a state job if they have two or more criminal convictions.  The group also said it's looking into having hearings on the matter.

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Sid Saltfork wrote on January 11, 2014 at 4:01 am

Imagine patronage jobs above the entry, and mid-levels jobs allowing no more than "two or more criminal convictions".  The felons hired were not the front-line employees.  These were management employees under patronage.  Whatever happened to No Criminal Convictions for state employment?