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Undocumented immigrants’ driver’s licenses bill sent to Quinn

The Illinois House has approved a bill that will allow undocumented immigrants to get temporary visitor driver’s licenses. Senate Bill 957 already passed the state senate and Governor Pat Quinn is expected to sign it into law. It would take effect in the Fall.


The measure will allow an estimated 250,000 people in Illinois to get temporary licenses. Supporters, including some Republican state officials, say it will make the roads safer for everyone. Undocumented immigrants would have to pass the necessary tests, provide proof of identification and proof that they have lived in the state for at least one year. They would not have to provide a social security number.


The Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police lobbied against SB 957, arguing it should have included a fingerprint requirement. The house passed the bill 65-46, after a lively debate.


“We’re not following the U.S Constitution,” said State Rep. Dwight Kay, a republican from Edwardsville who voted against the measure. “Once again we’re not doing the right thing.  We like to do the wrong thing because it’s politically popular.”


The temporary driver’s licenses have a purple color scheme  instead of red. They cannot be used as valid identification to board a plane, buy a gun, or vote.


At an event organized by the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood Tuesday night, Mayor Rahm Emanuel called the bill a step towards federal action.


“I want us to take this victory, savor it, and use it as energy to move on and bring comprehensive immigration reform to this country,” said Emanuel.


18 Comments to “Undocumented immigrants’ driver’s licenses bill sent to Quinn”

    Tired of the Morons said:
    January 8, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    You complete idiots. All this is going to do is raise cash. It's not bout the illegal wetbacks driving. Their illegal. Being legal doesn't mean anything too them much less getting a license or insurance. It's really time for fat ass Quinn to be replaced once and for all.

      Xxx said:
      January 8, 2013 at 6:35 PM

      Stupid, ignorant, misinformed people like you probably living with food stamps always looking for something to Complain. So lame. If you do not agree, you should have done something before, like call your congressman and express you opinion. Not just writing stupid nonsense words here like retarded.

        jack said:
        January 8, 2013 at 7:16 PM

        It will buld a large data base so they can be arrested,when Owebama get kicked out of the country.

        No to Gun Control said:
        January 8, 2013 at 8:45 PM

        I pull 6 figures asshole. I did complain. Fat ass Quinn and the Rominator don't care. They love illegal wetbacks. And at least try to write sentences that make sense in your next comment. "Not just writing stupid nonsense words here like retarded." What the hell is that supposed to even mean?

        cookie said:
        January 8, 2013 at 9:07 PM

        BRAVO – no gun control. you are so right about FAT ASS QUINN and RAHMBO the moron. THEY DON'T CARE, they are just looking for VOTES so they can continue to keep this country in the toilet until BA ROCK OBAMBAM flushes it..

    Chicago person said:
    January 8, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    When would this be effective? Immediately? Some other date? We need details, WGN!

      Tired of the Morons said:
      January 9, 2013 at 5:39 AM

      Fall of 2013

    cookie said:
    January 8, 2013 at 9:09 PM

    Illinois has always been soft on ILLEGALS<> the biggest LIBERAL state in the country, and thats why its one of the WORST. RAHMBO did say he was going to run CHICAGO just like OBAMBAM runs the country and we all know HOW THAT'S WORKING OUT.

    suburb mom said:
    January 8, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    ILLEGAL=not sanctioned by official rules/laws. What a cheap way to gain votes!! Illinois government is like a festering, pus-filled boil on the USA map. I just emailed Quinn, not that he cares though, I am legal citizen.

    Tired of the Morons said:
    January 9, 2013 at 5:41 AM

    Quinn is all about the cash. Remember the last time you got a toll violation letter and proved you were right. You still get to pay full toll price instead of the discounted rate. If there's a way to screw us fat boy will figure it out.

    Benny Rapier said:
    January 9, 2013 at 7:05 AM

    WHAT ARE YOU THINKING ILLINOIS, is it really fair to those born in the state or usa,to give someone who is they are breaking the law here illegally anyways a licence, much less them not having a social saecurity card… they are breaking the law anyways,and you are giving them rights…. i have been without a licence for 5 years,sure its my fault, but i have done all my programs required and paid my dues…if anyone desevers their licence its me , not illegals!!!!!!

    get real said:
    January 9, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    Undocumented and illegal are not the same to me. Illegals should not be given rights or anything else from here. Let them go back to mexico and drive and suck the health and school systems dry.

    Steve said:
    January 9, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    we can all. piss and moan but who put Thea fucking idiots in office

    INURFACE said:
    January 13, 2013 at 9:19 PM

    Am soo happy… Yes I can finally get a license..

      Owen said:
      January 28, 2013 at 6:27 AM

      couldn't you get one in mexico?

    INURFACE said:
    January 13, 2013 at 9:22 PM


    angela said:
    January 27, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    quinn is a stupid fool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Owen said:
    January 27, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    obama is a stupid idiot and a waste of life!!!!!!

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