Illinoisans with a felony on their records will no longer be asked that when they apply for state jobs. Promoting the decision to what he calls Ban the Box, State Rep. LaShawn K. Ford (D-Chicago) says the governor’s administrative order doesn’t mean employers will be required to hire ex-cons. “I think that it’s important that employers hire the best qualified person that they feel comfortable with,” Ford says.
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“Employers in private (business) or state agencies should never hire a person that appears to not be a fit for the job.” Ford gives an example of someone he knows who would benefit: a retiree who had a pocket knife in his pocket 50 years ago. As for the really bad guys, Ford says they’re unlikely to apply for a legit job anyway. As for himself, he says he’s looking forward to his federal bank fraud charges – unrelated to his service in the General Assembly – being tossed out of court soon.