Rep. LaShawn Ford


Governor Bars State From Asking Job Applicants About Felony Records

Applications for state government jobs will no longer include a box indicating whether an applicant has pled guilty, or been convicted of a criminal offense, other than a minor traffic violation.


State Rep. La Shawn Ford walks through a crowd of dozens of supporters at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse, after pleading not guilty to bank fraud charges on Dec. 11, 2012. (Credit: CBS)

New State Legislature Includes Three Facing Criminal Charges

It’s a dubious distinction for the new class of Illinois lawmakers being sworn in Wednesday in Springfield.


Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago), who has been indicted on charges of accepting a $7,000 bribe, sits in his seat on the Illinois House floor on April 17, 2012, his first time attending session in Springfield since his arrest. (Credit: Dave McKinney, Chicago Sun-Times)

Indicted Rep. Smith Visits Capitol For First Time Since Arrest

On a day when Pro Football Hall of Famer Richard Dent was honored in the Illinois House, it seems the only person reporters wanted to talk to was indicted Illinois State Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago).

CBS Chicago–04/17/2012

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Hotline Would Help Parents With Problem Children

A proposed state hotline would help parents connect with services, as they try to get their children away from trouble.

WBBM Newsradio–02/03/2011