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New Illinois law prevents convicted sex offenders from working as health care professionals

The State of Illinois pulled licenses from 11 health care professionals on Monday citing a new state law that prohibits registered sex offenders and some convicted felons from working in the health care field. Some of the physicians and nurses whose licenses were taken away were convicted of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and child pornography.

The new law gives the State of Illinois the authority to permanently revoke licenses without a hearing.

Before the law took effect the Chicago Tribune reported that a number of doctors in Illinois, convicted of sex crimes, were allowed to keep their physician’s licenses.

© Joseph G. Klest, 2011.