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  • trotter 090717SPRINGFIELD— Following a press conference Assistant Majority Leader Donne Trotter (D-Chicago) held in Chicago Tuesday urging the governor to use the borrowing authority given to him through Senate Bill 42, the governor’s office announced today it plans to use the tool.

    “I’m glad to see the governor is taking the General Assembly’s lead and is using the bonding authority given to him that will help save taxpayers billions over the next 12 years,” Senator Trotter said.

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  • MartinezOnFloorSPRINGFIELD — Under current law, a person convicted of a non-violent felony would lose his or her health care license and have no way to earn it back.

    This would change under legislation advanced out of the Illinois Senate today by Majority Caucus Whip Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago).

    “People make mistakes, and I am a believer in giving second chances,” Martinez said. “This measure would create a process that gives health care workers who have lost their license an opportunity to get it reinstated.”

  • martinez 052016SPRINGFIELD — Legislation that would give ex-offenders a shot at a career in the health care field was passed out of the Licensed Activities and Pensions Committee today by Majority Caucus Whip Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago).

    “I believe in second chances,” Martinez said. “People who have paid their dues and rehabilitated themselves deserve an opportunity to pursue a career and be contributing members of the workforce.”

    Under Martinez’s plan, health care professionals who have had their licenses revoked or denied due to a past felony conviction could petition the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) to restore or issue their license.

    When deciding if a person should be granted a license, IDFPR must take into account the seriousness of the crime, prior disciplinary actions by state and federal agencies and the date of the conviction. The department may refuse to issue or restore any license that has been revoked.

    Additionally, IDFPR would not be able to restore or issue a license to anyone who has committed a sex crime.

    Anyone who has committed a sex crime or is required to register as a sex offender would be banned for life from receiving a health care license.

    “This legislation has necessary safeguards in place to ensure that the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation can prevent sex offenders from being licensed,” Martinez said.

    Senate Bill 42 will now have to be approved by the Illinois Senate.