DIXON - A Republican running for State House believes the administrative order Governor Pat Quinn issued this week protecting criminals from having their histories revealed on state job applications should be overruled by the Illinois General Assembly. As an Assistant State’s Attorney, Jim Wozniak, running for the 71st House District, opposes Quinn's new policy to remove "the box" on state job applications asking whether the applicant has a criminal history.
“This order shows how the priorities of Springfield are out of whack,” Wozniak said. “With an unsolved pension crisis, a nearly unmanageable deficit, and extreme unemployment amongst law-abiding citizens, the Governor should not spending his time on protecting felons applying for state jobs.”
Wozniak says he is especially concerned about the legacy of corruption in Illinois and making it easier for convicted criminals to obtain employment where they could do harm to the people of the state.
“I believe in forgiveness, and I support the legal measures that are in place that allows some convicted of crimes to seal or expunge their records. I also believe that in some cases a person convicted of a crime may be a person that could be hired for certain state jobs," he said in a statement. "However, those who have convictions on their records must be made known to state employers or we run the risk of continuing the embarrassment of elected and other state officials being convicted of crimes.”
Wozniak's position said "the box" on applications must be reinstated.
"I will push for legislation that will make it mandatory for all state applications to contain a provision asking about criminal convictions. I am a felony prosecutor. We need elected officials who know how to indict people and to rid ourselves of officials who are indicted,” he said.