Second-chance hiring gains momentum in Illinois but barriers remain
McWilliams, 49, now works as a state policy coordinator for Chicago Coalition for the Homeless. She connected with the organization through her role as an advocate with the Restoring Rights and Opportunities Coalition of Illinois, a group that includes the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless and Cabrini Green Legal Aid, where she also serves on the Leadership Council. She appeared with Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Gov. J.B. Pritzker earlier this year in support of a new Illinois law placing limits on how companies can use information obtained during background checks, including restricting their ability to rescind job offers.