Driver’s license plan for illegal immigrants in Illinois advances

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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.

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  • Dan

    Somebody explain to why we are doing anything for illegals? Why spend so much money to keep people out at the borders when we reward them for coming in?

    • natalie

      This is not for illegals if you think about it, this is for us! people have been drving with out licenses and insurance for too long. lets say someone hits you and they dont have a license or insurance…you and your company pay for that. This is keeping us safer! Now they can crack down on illegals with a record that are not able to get a drivers license. And those that will be given licenses with have insurance. think.

      • Datrebor

        Yes but WHO is going to insure an Illegal? All they have to do is start an insurance, if anyone will, then stop paying and when the renew all they have to do is Say they have insurance but they don't check. They didn't when I lived up there, they didn't check in Indiana either.

  • Eric

    Even if this stupid law passes, the illegal immigrants aren't going to go to a DMV to get their license. They will keep driving with no valid driver's license and no insurance. Our government likes to bend over backwards for people who are not in this country legally. Our country has gone to crap and I don't see it improving any time soon.

      • Bob

        I hate to say this but you are both wrong. They'll be quick to run for their license. It's the insurance they'll never bother with, which defeats the purpose in the first place. Can anyone reasonable expect someone who is here illegelly and drives a car illegally without insurance to go out and spend money when they can currently get away with it? You smoking something if you do!

      • Don

        Some will get licenses but many do not want their fingerprints on file. Many will also not qualify because they can't pass the test (can't read English) and will fail the eye test and refuse to get glasses. For those wityh licenses they will also be further incented to hit and run since they can now be identified. Rewarding bad behavior only invites more.

      • Tired of the Morons

        They have a spanish version of the test for the ingrates who can't speak a word of english now. That alone should disqualify anyone from getting a license.

      • Sarah Samuels

        You can't get a license without showing proof of liability insurance. At least that applies to all legal Americans.

        Is it true that you can't pass the drivers license test without being able to read English?
        I thought for sure that Spanish would be included in the test papers to ensure Illegal criminals have an equal chance as George Washington would.

      • brian

        your crazy bob an so are the rest of you. my girlfriend and mother of my two kids is mexican an as they call it where im frm dosent have her papers. thats because her and her sisters where brought here when they where kids and babies.they all work went through school here the youngest just is finishing her last year in high school and plenty of colleges want her she has picked one an will be goin. none of them brake laws their parents own a house pay bills and pay the same taxes as you. theirs plenty of folks with citizen ship who dont buy car insurance its more like if you can afford it or not an chosen what bills you will pay that month. so grow up people pay your damn debts your maxed out visas and master cards get ur homes outta foreclosure an worry about ur 14 year old daughter thats havin sex already an tryn new drugs.

      • Datrebor

        They need to have proof of insurance before giving a license and if for any reason they stop the insurance then their license is suspended if they are not insured by a limited time afterwards.

  • tim

    Join us at FAIR to help bring a stop to this kind of insanity. It's up to citizens to take up this fight using our political and legal system before we can no longer do anything. Talk isn't enough.

    • David O'Sullivan

      What is FAIR? I would love to stop this crazy, idiotic law from passing.
      I do agree with the other writer that this country is a goner. This is NOT the United States of America anymore. I, who was born here, my parents were born here and their parents were born here, do not recognize this country. It seems no one speaks English on the streets. No one seems to care about the American values that this country was founded on. And lets not mention the "government officials" who are, or should I say HAVE given this country away so that they don't offend certain voting blocks in order to get re-elected. They don't want to lose the great benefits of their "jobs".
      Our enemies are sitting back laughing. They are just waiting for us to stumble. To fall. Then they will pounce.

      • Illigal immigrant

        Mr O'Sullivan obviously you have already forgotten where your grandparents or grand grandparents came from unless they were native americans. I don't think so… This is immigrant's country, it has always been. If you don't like it…well…do something, call your representative, talk to your senator and try change the law -ban immigration. Stop complaining and do something…start learning other languages maybe

      • Legal immigrant

        I'm pretty sure you're Winnetoo's great-great-grandson, you little Apache… You being an American is just an accident (as you did nothing to become one, just a result of your mom and dad's afternoon fun). I can say most of them fight to become one…

        O'Sullivan… a very Native American name…

  • CrustyB

    The government rewarding criminals with taxpayers' money.

    Hey, I just robbed a 7-Eleven. Can I get a driver's license, college tuition for my kids, free insurance, etc.?

  • poopy

    just becuase people dont have papers that doesnt make them a criminal however when the criminals show up for licenses it will be easier to find them

  • mimi

    Im surprised that WGN still uses illegal as an adjective to describe immigrants in this article……when the times and time magazine have been using undocummented for a couple of months. Shame on you WGN, I would have expected better from you especially because you are in a huge city like Chicago, not middle of nowhere Illinois.

  • deb

    In exchange, license applicants would be subject to vision and rules-of-the-road testing, and would have to supply proof of auto insurance.

  • dave

    Mark my words because of actions like this people will vote republican again than this idea will be crushed in a few years. Michigan did this for while than it was smashed.

  • Jonathan

    the geico lizard is doing backflips of joy in anticipation of the money to be generated by this incredibly short sighted bill! Hey mon!! Now I'm legal to do drive-by shootings!!!

  • Herman

    Daniel, if your mother is in this country without following the proper immigration laws, she IS a criminal, that may be hard to hear, but it's a fact. Your issue should not be with the people pointing it out, it should be with your mother.
    Mimi, IMMIGRANT is the wrong word here, not illegal…these people are not immigrants because they haven't followed the immigration procedures, they are migrants, and to be more specific, they are Criminal Migrants.
    We are seeing these laws in majority democrat areas because the democrats want to take the NEXT step, and grant them the right to vote, therefore potentially gaining 12 million votes in the next election. What's MOST infuriating about this is that the President got all heated about Arizona's immigration law because t didn't mirror federal law, but he seems to have no problem with these laws…SMDH

  • Legal emmigrant

    Getting in to the US, and being in illegally is a crime, so illegal immigrants are criminals jail them, make work to make up deport cost, and get them out of the US

  • Concerned citizen

    I'd give them license to get a list of criminals with their addresses, which would make it easier to locate and deport them.

  • peter

    how can you argue that an “illegal immigrant” who is here “illegally” has the right to a driver’s license? or anything else for that matter. “there here illegally” !..someone breaks into or walks into your home. and is now entitled to whatever they want simply because they managed to get in ? try this in any other country on the planet and you’ll be shot on site. also, how many “illegals” are living with you ? you shouldn’t be afraid of harboring any of them ?

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