Life Expectancy Disparity Found Among Black and White Young Men

Today, I want to share a story I wrote two years ago and filed away. What prompted me to write this story was the terrible loss two women I know experienced. Both lost sons who were 20 years old. No one saw their deaths coming. Both young men teetered on the cusp of adulthood. One son collapsed on a bus, unaware of the cancer that had spread throughout his body. The other by homicide, shot execution style in the back of the head.

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Are Employers Making an End Run Around Ban-the-Box Laws?

Today, you need a computer to apply for most jobs. Gone are the days when you could apply in person for a job. For anyone with a criminal background, applying for a job on-line is discouraging. Fortunately, more than half of U.S. states today have leveled the playing field by adopting Ban-the-Box laws to help ex-offenders better compete for jobs.

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Illinois Eases Licensing Barriers for Ex-Offenders

Starting January 1, 2018, ex-offenders applying for a professional or occupational license will experience fewer licensing barriers due to their criminal history background, thanks to Public Act 100-0286 (SB 1688). The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) will be guided by agency-wide rules specifying what criminal record information can be used to determine if someone should receive a professional or occupational license. Currently, these decisions are made on a case-by-case basis.

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