People make mistakes through life, some resulting in felony convictions. State Rep. Mike Bost (R-Murphysboro) is sponsoring a bill that gives veterans a second chance. The bill passed the Illinois House Friday. “If a person has committed a class 3 or 4 felony that does not include a sex offense or involve a violent act with a gun, or any violent act, if they are accepted into the military and they serve one tour of duty in the military and received an honorable discharge, they can then go before the (Prisoner) Review Board for expungement,” Bost said today in explaining his bill.
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While State Rep. Mary Flowers (D-Chicago) was one of the Yes votes on the bill, she shared the concerns of those who voted against it. “We can take into consideration that there’s other people out there that want to do the same thing who happen not to have not been able to go to the Army for health reasons or other personal reasons, but they too would like have their lives restored,” Flowers said. H.B. 1548 passed the House today by a vote of 67-41-3.