• Opioid Alternative Pilot Program begins accepting patients

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  • Raoul: Measure aiding re-entry for ex-offenders signed into law

    raoul 111716CHICAGO — State Senator Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago 13th) joined a number of elected officials at A Safe Haven, a transitional housing facility, for the signing of legislation that ensures a person being released from Department of Corrections or Department of Juvenile Justice receives a state identification card. Raoul released the following statement on Senate Bill 3368:

    “We are taking a step forward into guiding ex-offenders upon release to successful reintegration by working in a bipartisan fashion to provide them a tool we all commonly use, an identification card.

  • Stadelman proposal to ease former inmate transition signed into law

    stadelman dhsSPRINGFIELD – Today, Gov. Rauner signed a proposal to require the Department of Corrections to issue an ID card that is valid for 90 days when an individual is released from incarceration. State Senator Steve Stadelman (D-Rockford) was a co-sponsor of the legislation.

    Under the current process, inmates must request a 30-day ID through the DOC and later apply for a standard state ID through the Secretary of State. Inmates who have been released often struggle to obtain their standard state IDs due to a failure to obtain proof of identity, lack of funds to pay for the ID or other clerical issues. Failing to have a state ID can make it significantly harder to reintegrate back into society. 

    “These inmates have already served their time. This bipartisan proposal will make it easier for them to again become productive members of our society,” Stadelman said.

    The legislation, Senate Bill 3368, passed the General Assembly recently during veto session.