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Law Gives Ex-Cons Hope For Finding Work

People who've served time in prison are getting a second shot at finding a good job. Governor Quinn signed a law making it illegal for employers to ask about an applicant's criminal history until the person has been selected for an interview.

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Governor Quinn says people shouldn't be penalized if they've paid their debt to society.

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Congressman Danny Davis says that's not just good for the economy, it'll also help keep people off the streets.

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The whole idea is to make sure that employers are considering people based on their skills and qualifications when it comes to handing out jobs, not criminal history. Supporters of the law say it'll give people the opportunity to turn the corner and make a proper living.

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