Quinn signs order to stop state agencies from checking applicants criminal records

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Springfield - Governor Pat Quinn signed an administrative order, stopping state agencies from asking future employees about criminal records.

Under the order, applicants for state jobs are not required to check the application box regarding criminal convictions. 

A background check would still be required later in the hiring process.  The order is supposed to give ex-felons more of a chance to compete for state jobs.

Republican Tom Cross says it is wrong to keep important information form people who are hiring.

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