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Illinois Governor Issues An Administrative Order That "Bans The Box" On State Job Applications 

As most of you know, on August 7 a representative from Governor Quinn's office came to our Jobs Not Jail forum to announce the Governor's commitment to issuing an administrative order that prohibits state agencies from asking job applicants about their criminal history when they initially apply for a job. Last Thursday the Governor finally made good on his commitment and issued the order. Starting early next year formerly incarcerated job seekers in Illinois will no longer have to check that box on state job applications. This is a big step in our long-term struggle to end discrimination against formerly incarcerated Black workers, which began last summer when leaders from WCRJ, along with leaders from our strategic partners at SOUL delivered thousands of postcards to the Governor's office urging him to issue the administrative order. 

Our struggle is not over with yet. In order to make Ban the Box permanent and apply to all job applications, legislation must be passed. WCRJ has gotten commitments from several state representatives to introduce a bill in the upcoming legislative session in January. For the next several months our leaders will be engaging voters throughout the state to make sure there is enough support to finally get a bill passed, but we can always use more help. It's time to get off the sidelines and join our fight. If you're interested in volunteering a few hours a week to phone canvass with us, then send an email to 

Save The Date: October 24th Dinner, Movie And Teach-In

On Thursday October 24th at 6:00 PM WCRJ will be showing the documentary "Slavery By Another Name" which is based on the book with the same name. There will be a discussion before and after the movie about the intersection between Black Labor and Mass Incarceration in this country. Come join us for good food and great conversation. For more information contact See you on the 24th. 

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