Amid Push to ‘Ban the Box,’ Illinois Universities Still Asking Students About Criminal History

November 21, 2018

 

Chico Tillmon, Executive Director of the Youth Safety and Violence Prevention program at the YMCA of Metro Chicago shares what he had to do in order to obtain higher education as a man with a criminal record. (Chicago Tribune)"

In a recent Chicago Tribune article, Dawn Rhodes writes about the challenges of pursuing higher education with a criminal history. Chico Tillmon, Executive Director of the Y’s Youth Safety and Violence Prevention initiative shares what he did after he got out of prison. He was a changed man trying to improve his life but knew it would be hard trying to explain that in university applications. Chico eventually chose to enroll in Northeastern Illinois University because the application didn’t require him to disclose his felony convictions.

Read more about Chico’s experience and how universities in Illinois are addressing this issue on the Chicago Tribune’s website.