Illinois Senate Panel OKs Drivers Licenses for Illegal Immigrants

December 2, 2012

Supporters of licensing illegal immigrants to drive say it would make Illinois roads safer with trained motorists required to carry insurance.

The Senate Executive Committee voted 12-2 to advance the plan for some of the 250,000 people living in Illinois illegally.

Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran told the committee unlicensed and uninsured illegal immigrants cause $64 million in damage claims each year a cost covered by insured motorists’ premiums.

Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno of Lemont says the plan is a good example of state law filling in where the federal government has failed to act.

The legislation’s sponsor is Senate President John Cullerton. The Chicago Democrat says the licenses would be good for three years.

Latest Comments

  • December 3, 2012 at 4:39 pm
    Ruminator says:
    Don't give them a license; send them back! If you know an individual is here illegally, it makes no sense to offer them a prvilege that should be reserved for those who enter... read more
  • December 3, 2012 at 2:44 pm
    Libby says:
    It's very hard to get a green card, let alone citizenship. Once you are here illegal, you can't apply for citizenship.
  • December 3, 2012 at 2:39 pm
    sandman says:
    As long as we don't have to spend millions to bi-lingual our road signs to accomodate the new drivers. They should have to be trained, pass an English drivers license test wit... read more
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