Legislative measure to allow undocumented immigrants driving privileges in Illinois
Previously, I have written on the Illinois’ legislature’s efforts to provide undocumented immigrants the right to legally drive in the State of Illinois, /2/post/2012/11/legislative-push-to-allow-undocumented-immigrants-a-legal-way-to-drive.html.
This week, such legislation passed the General Assembly as Senate Bill 957, https://www.ilga.gov/legislation/billstatus.asp?DocNum=957&GAID=11&GA=97&DocTypeID=SB&LegID=55832&SessionID=84, before it adjourned its session. The bill has been forwarded to Governor Pat Quinn, who has indicated he is likely to sign the measure into law.
As indicated by the Chicago Tribune, https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-immigrant-drivers-licenses-20130109,0,2264024.story, Illinois is one of a handful of states to allow undocumented immigrants the ability to drive legally. Currently, driving without a license is a criminal offense in the State of Illinois. This bill decriminalizes the mere action of driving to work or driving a child to school.
Lori G. Levin
Attorney at Law
180 N. LaSalle, Suite 3700
Chicago, IL 60601