The Job Opportunities for Qualified Applicants Act, or H.B. 5701, has passed state legislature and is expected to be signed into law by Governor Pat Quinn. In October 2013, the governor put an administrative order in place banning criminal history questions from most State of Illinois government job applications, so it seems natural that passing H.B. 5701 is the next step. If signed into law, the act would require private employers with fifteen or more employees to remove any inquiries about an applicant's criminal history from employment applications and postpone these questions until the job interview or conditional job offer stage of the hiring process. The law would go into effect January 1, 2015.