While J.B. Pritzker has not released a detailed tax plan of his own, reasonable cost estimates suggest the tax hike required to pay for the candidate’s spending promises would require doubling Illinois’ state income tax rate and cost the state an estimated 132,000 jobs and $31.3 billion in forgone GDP.View Report
House Bill 2367 would allow those convicted of marijuana possession before Illinois decriminalized marijuana to petition for expungement of their guilty plea or criminal conviction.
Illinois has started to embrace second chances for people who have been through the criminal justice system.
While 2017 was a bad year for Illinois taxpayers, there are bright spots among the bills that passed the General Assembly.
In 2017 the Illinois General Assembly passed two bills that can improve employment outcomes for ex-offenders, potentially reducing crime and saving millions of dollars.
The new laws will make it easier for ex-offenders re-enter their communities.
Research shows that recidivism rates drop for ex-offenders who are able to find steady employment.
A proposed amendment to Illinois’ Criminal Identification Act would allow people to petition to have their arrest and conviction records cleared of any cannabis-related offenses that Illinois ultimately takes off the books through marijuana legalization.
Illinois governors don’t just pass on debt to their successors – they also leave behind a backlog of petitions for clemency.
Although a new study by Northwestern University researchers shows ex-offenders can make good hires, obstacles such as negligent-hiring liability hinder employers willing to give ex-offenders a chance.
Eliminating barriers to opportunity would benefit both ex-offenders and the state of Illinois.