Quinn signs law ensuring licenses for illegal immigrant

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Governor Pat Quinn signed Senate Bill 957  into law Sunday, a bill that will help ensure every Illinois motorist, including the 250,000 illegal immigrant motorists, be properly licensed to drive.

Quinn, an early supporter of the bill says, unlicensed drivers present a serious, but preventable safety risk to all Illinois drivers.

“There`s a passage in scripture, if you save one life you save the world and that`s why we`re here today -coming together to save lives, said Gov. Pat Quinn.”

According to the Illinois Highway Safety Coalition, unlicensed, uninsured drivers are involved in almost 80,000 accidents in Illinois each year, resulting in $660 million in damage.

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, the Chief senate sponsor of the bill said bi-partisan cooperation helped get the historic legislation passed.

In order to qualify for a temporary driver’s license OR T-V-D-L, applicants not eligible for a social security number, must have lived in Illinois for more than a year. An applicant must pass a driving safety test and carry auto insurance.

The driver’s license cannot be used as official identification and can be revoked if a license-holder is found not carrying insurance.

Senate Bill 957 goes into effect 10 months from today.

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  • guest

    this is to Pat Quinn -you passed this bill for illegal immigrant to drive -then you sure pay for them out of your pocket you make the bill money -stop taking money from the hard working American that do the right things

  • IL! WTF!

    I wish the author of this story would've specified exactly how many of those 80, 000 accidents/yr are actually involving illegal immigrant drivers. I imagine there are also some Americans in this state that drive w/o a license and/or insurance too. If Quinn is using that as his excuse for passing such a law then we, as law abiding Americans, should be given the real facts.

    Illinois is a haven for "other" nationalities, besides Hispanic, that live here illegally (and take advantage) as well.
    If IL had the illegal people start paying taxes too (since we know they are staying because no action is ever taken to remove the ppl who break the law) then that may help some of the financial problems in this state. The burden on the hard working Americans here and elsewhere in the U.S. must be relieved.