Each year an average of more than 30,000 people are released from prison in Illinois. State regulations make it nearly impossible for many of them, and others with conviction records, to find good paying employment.

In Illinois, there are 258 mandatory restrictions on employment for people with felony convictions. People with controlled substance convictions are subject to 88 mandatory employment restrictions.

The employment category with the most restrictions in Illinois is Law Enforcement & Security, with 29 mandatory restrictions for any felony. Occupations restricted in that category include good-paying jobs like Police Officers, which has a median wage of $34.43 per hour. Additionally, there are 43 regulations restricting employment with government agencies and serving on commissions and other elected offices, such as serving on the fire protection district board.



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