051920210511 rSPRINGFIELD – The secretary of state will be required to publish publicly-accessible data on a daily basis under a new law sponsored by State Senator John Connor (D-Lockport) and signed Friday.

“Illinois is the only state that does not offer its business data for free online,” Connor said. “This legislation will bring us into the 21st century and will substantially increase our transparency and efficiency as a state.”

Under the new law, the secretary of state will be required to publish a daily list of all newly formed corporations, both business and non-profit, chartered on that day. The list will be made available as open data and accessible to the general public.

“Not only does this legislation help our residents better understand the opportunities that they have available to them, but it has the potential to bring in entrepreneurs and investors from other states who were not previously able to view Illinois’ business data,” Connor said.

House Bill 115 takes effect Jan. 1, 2022.

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052621HAO00115 rSPRINGFIELD – Legislation sponsored by State Senator John Connor (D-Lockport) was signed into law Friday that would require stricter monitoring of possible racial bias by businesses that use artificial intelligence in their hiring processes.

“It is our responsibility to eliminate racial bias in all aspects of our society, and this is an important step in that direction,” Connor said. “No one should lose an opportunity because of the color of their skin.”

Artificial Intelligence is used in the hiring processes of many large companies. Prospective employees record a video of themselves answering a series of designated questions, and the company’s AI software then analyzes the video to assign scores to facial expressions, word choice, body language and vocal tone. Applicants are chosen for advancement based on their assigned score.

House Bill 53 requires companies that rely solely on such screenings to advance applicants to record and report the race and ethnicity of all those screened, both those hired and those rejected. The reports would then be sent to the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, where the data would be analyzed and shared with the Governor and General Assembly.

"Algorithms for hiring tests measure multiple factors from word choice to body language, and we need to ensure that we have a fair and equitable process free from discrimination when AI technology is used to hire individuals," House sponsor State Representative Jaime Andrade, Jr. (D-Chicago) said.

The legislation will go into effect Jan. 1, 2022.

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Virtual Job Seekers Workshop Connor rWill County, Ill.  – State Senator John Connor and State Senator Meg Loughran Cappel are partnering with the Illinois Department of Employment Security and the Workforce Center of Will County to host a series of workshops to provide local residents with the tools necessary for a successful job search.

“As we move through the waning days of the pandemic, we expect to see our state’s employment numbers continue to rise,” said Loughran Cappel (D-Shorewood).“By doing our part to provide resources for local job seekers through partnerships with entities like IDES and the Workforce Center of Will County, Illinois can re-emerge with one of our nation’s strongest economies.”

“When our workforce is strong, our economy flourishes,” said Connor (D-Lockport). “Programs like these are crucial to rebuilding our state post-pandemic and ensuring that Illinoisans looking for work have the resources necessary to take advantage of opportunities that come their way.”

Workshops will be centered on the topics of searching for jobs, interview preparation, and career changes. They will be held on the following dates:

  • July 13, 10:00 a.m. – Master Your Job Search: A review of basic job search techniques, including networking, how to use the Internet to conduct your job search, and salary negotiation.
  • July 20, 10:00 a.m. – Career Information Systems (CIS): For those preparing for a career change, returning to the workforce after a break in employment, or both. CISJR features job search resources, career planning guidance, and then connects you to Illinois Job Link – the Illinois Labor Exchange system – to see actual jobs posted by Illinois employers. Use Jobseeker Success Mindset Training to help overcome potential barriers to reemployment and find your new career direction.
  • July 27, 10:00 a.m. – Online Interview Workshop: Learn how to prepare for a virtual or in-person job interview so you will be confident and ready to make a positive impression

People interested in attending these free events must register and can do so by calling Senator Connor’s district office at (815) 207-4445, Senator Loughran Cappel’s District Office at (815) 267-6119, and by visiting either www.senatorconnor.com or www.senatorloughrancappel.com.

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Democracy day rJOLIET – State Senator John Connor (D-Lockport) attended a Youth Democracy Group Day at the Harvey Brooks Foundation in Joliet last Thursday alongside State Representative Natalie Manley (D-Joliet) and State Representative Larry Walsh, Jr. (D-Joliet).

“What an impressive group of young people,” Connor said. “They are clearly paying attention, asking all the right questions, and determined to make real change.  Our future is in good hands.”

The event was held as part of the foundation’s summer youth program, which is meant to help local teens develop work ethics, leadership skills, and entrepreneurial opportunities. Nearly 20 kids from the community attended the event to discuss issues ranging from local water supply to diversity in government.

“It is always inspiring to see a group of engaged and interested young people who are working to shape the future of our state,” said Manley. “It is critical that we encourage them to participate in the political process and work to create positive change in their state and local government.”

The Harvey Brooks Foundation has been active in the Joliet area since its establishment in 1998. Many have benefitted from the Foundation’s decades of work to address a lack of opportunities and to provide opportunities for education and growth, especially in low-income and at-risk communities.

"Being afforded the opportunity to engage with young people in such a meaningful way is a reminder that these are the leaders of tomorrow," said Walsh. "I want to thank the Harvey Brooks Foundation for its commitment to uplifting our youth so they have the ability to recognize their positive impact from a young age. I look forward to our continued partnership which takes a hands-on approach to cultivating young leaders." 

More information about the foundation and the programs it offers can be found on its website.

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20660 Caton Farm Road, Unit D
Crest Hill, IL 60403
(815) 207-4445

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M122 Capitol Building
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-8800

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