New Legislation Could Help Students with Criminal Records Get Into College

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SPRINGFIELD - New legislation at the Illinois State Capitol could change the way admissions accept college students in the state. 

Under House Bill 446, colleges would not be allowed to ask prospective students about criminal convictions during the admissions process. 

The bill was approved Tuesday by the House Higher Education Committee.

The bill is sponsored by Representative Barbara Whelller. "This bill is part of the overarching idea that education and meaningful employment helps reduce recidivism," Wheeler said. "This provides an opportunity for students - adult students, young students - who may have had a criminal record. It gives them an opportunity to apply for school without feeling any roadblocks or having any roadblocks."

However, the legislation would allow colleges to ask a student once admitted about their criminal record

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