A proposal to grant driver’s licenses to as many as a quarter million illegal immigrants in Illinois is now another step closer to the governor’s desk
The bill advanced to the House floor on a 6-3 vote of a House transportation panel.
The bill passed the state Senate last month; supporters say it advances the goal of ensuring that all people driving in Illinois are licensed and insured.
Immigration rights activists says the bill would also be an important step toward legalizing hundreds of thousands of people who are currently in the country illegally; critics like State Sen. Chris Lauzen say the federal government must crack down on illegal immigration, and granting illegals additional rights and privileges makes immigration enforcement more difficult.
Sponsoring Rep. Eddie Acevedo, D-Chicago, said that he’s not likely to call the bill for a vote in the full House until Tuesday. The roll call is expected to be close. Time is running short as a new legislature is sworn in Wednesday.
The Chicago Tribune contributed to this report.