Tuesday, Gov. Pat Quinn signed the "Employment First Act" in an effort
to expand competitive state agency employment opportunities to people
Under the law, state
agencies have to coordinate and set up measurable goals and objectives
in order to meet the state's priority of increasing its employment of
people with disabilities. The Employment and Economic Opportunity for Persons with Disabilities Task Force is assigned with keeping track of the mission's progress.
person in the Land of Lincoln should have the opportunity – regardless
of the challenges they face – to pursue their dreams and achieve their
full potential,” Quinn said in a statement. “My goal is to make Illinois
the nation’s leading employer of people with disabilities. We’ve made
historic progress to change Illinois through our Rebalancing Initiative
and today, we are breaking down more barriers to increase employment
opportunities for people with disabilities in our state.”
Quinn first proposed the measure during his 2013 State of the State address. State Sen. Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) and State Rep. Esther Golar (D-Chicago) sponsored the act, HB 2591.
with disabilities deserve an equal opportunity to receive gainful
employment,” Golar said in a statement. “This legislation will level the
playing field and make sure that no one is denied employment at a state
agency simply because they have a disability.”
The law takes effect immediately.
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