Late last month, Illinois Governor Pritzker signed into law Senate Bill 1480, amending the Illinois Human Rights Act and expanding restrictions on the use of criminal background checks for employment purposes. The new law also obligates employers in the Land of Lincoln (who are required to file the federal EEO-1 report) to also submit equal employment opportunity data to the state. Under its provisions, the law now only allows employers to use conviction records as the basis for an employment decision if a substantial relationship (meaning is there an opportunity for the same or similar offense, or will circumstances that led to the conviction recur in the employment position) exists between the previous criminal offenses and the employment sought, or if granting the employment would involve an unreasonable risk to property or safety of individuals or the general public.