State officials are going to bat for people with criminal records.  Governor Quinn signed a law yesterday that bans companies from running background checks on applicants until they've been deemed qualified for the job and have been selected for an interview.  Those who support the deal say too many people were being turned away from work, even though they'd paid their debts to society. 

Quinn says the law will help people get a fair shot at reaching their potential, plus it'll help keep people from turning to the streets to earn a living. 

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