Drivers licenses for immigrants who are in Illinois illegally moved a step closer to passage Monday morning. It passed a House committee on a 6-3 vote. Brian Mackey has the latest.
Backers say there are an estimated 250,000 immigrants driving around Illinois without a driver’s license.
Rep. Edward Acevedo is a Democrat from Chicago. After the measure was approved by a House panel, he spoke surrounded by people who’d come to support the legislation in the Capitol.
ACEVEDO: “Today is a small victory, but either this evening or tomorrow, we will make history. [cheers]”
The measure requires immigrants to obtain liability insurance in order for the license to be valid.
The visitor licenses would have a purple banner declaring that they’re not a form of identification. That’s so they can’t be used to purchase firearms or board an airplane.
The measure now goes to the full House. It already passed the Senate, and Gov. Pat Quinn says he supports it.
— Brian Mackey