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Illinois law bars health licenses for sex offenders

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Ill. law bars health licenses for sex offenders

SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois is barring sex offenders from working in health care professions.

Gov. Pat Quinn signed a law Thursday that will deny a health care license for anyone who is required to register as a sex offender. The same ban also will apply to people convicted of any forcible felony, even if it doesn't involve sex.

The ban takes effect in 30 days.

State Sen. Kirk Dillard says he introduced the legislation after learning that a handful of Illinois doctors were on the state sex offender registry.

The law's supporters say patients shouldn't be vulnerable to criminals when they need medical care.