Patch Flash: Driver’s Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants Passes IL Senate

Chicagoland news to talk about: Illinois legislators among best paid in the country.


The Illinois state Senate voted on Tuesday to allow undocumented immigrants to obtain temporary drivers licenses, and sent to the House the measure that would make Illinois the most populous U.S. state to allow such licenses.

Only Washington state and New Mexico allow drivers licenses for undocumented immigrants, while Utah allows driving permits. Republican leaders in the Illinois state legislature earlier on Tuesday announced their support for the proposal, after Hispanics voted overwhelmingly for Democrats in the November election.

Illinois has some 2 million Hispanics, according to the 2010 Census, and lawmakers said there are an estimated 250,000 undocumented immigrants in the state.

Illinois’ legislators are among the highest paid lawmakers in the country, and their benefits include retiree healthcare and pensions valued at more than $1 million for the longest-serving incumbents, according to the Better Government Association examination of lawmakers’ annual payouts.

Their annual salary is $67,836, but about three-fourths of General Assembly members also get additional cash compensation for leadership positions ranging from $10,327 for chairing a committee to $27,476 for a top General Assembly job.

In the current fiscal year, these leadership stipends boosted average pay to $77,382, according to data obtained by the BGA under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act from the Illinois Comptroller. In contrast, Illinois workers make an average $46,550, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Teachers in District 300 will head to the picket lines instead of their classrooms as LEAD 300 union officials hope it will be a short strike.

“I feel we are pretty close,” said Mike Williamson, LEAD spokesman. “I’m not sure they feel the same way. We’d like them to come and meet with us and quickly resolve this. Hopefully we won’t be out long.” Picket lines will be set up at the district’s high schools, including Jacobs High School in Algonquin and the district’s administrative offices in Carpentersville, he said.

Catherine McCann, a 92-year-old who has Alzheimer's disease and is unable to speak, was living at the Lutheran Home for the Aged in the suburb of Arlington Heights, Ill., at the time of the incident, CBS Chicago reports. Now the family is suing the nursing home for emotional distress and negligence. The infestation was documented by doctors at Northwest Community Hospital, who made a videotape of the scene before beginning extraction. The tape was so graphic, however, CBS declined to air it.


That’s the same day a Highland Park resident reported a possible cougar sighting.  “I can definitely recognize a mountain lion,” veterinarian Bryan Haag, DVM, told Glencoe News Monday. “I’ve seen them before.”

Chicago Botanic Garden security investigated the incident but only found coyotes, Glencoe News reported. Similarly, Highland Park police did not find any tracks or other evidence confirming the identification of the animal when they investigated the possible cougar sighting.

Ditka will greet football fans, as well as wine fans, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the store, 8935 N. Milwaukee Ave., Niles. Ditka has paired with Terlato Wines International of Lake Bluff to create wines which reference different phases of his career, from player to Hall of Famer, according to Huffington Post. There are eight wines in the line, including chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, cabernet saugivnon and pinot noir.

jeff December 06, 2012 at 07:15 PM
Yep and that will certainly contribute to more debt! You can buy anything in this country if you want to pay for it. SSN's Drivers license etc. at the end of the day it s a free country though and I love it just not crazy about a lot of our politicians but thats why we actually have the choice to vote!
Rick December 06, 2012 at 07:18 PM
I'm guessing this "Ashley" is probably married to an illegal or has a Mexican boyfriend. Or maybe it's Luis Gutierrez.
Brian L. December 06, 2012 at 08:08 PM
I think, if I remember right, that Mexicans made up about 60%....but my data could be wrong. Wikipedia confirmed it, but you know...it's wiki...so who knows. That is just Mexicans as well, not other countries from Latin America. The obvious reason being is that to get here illegally from Europe is a little bit harder. Many get here legally but overstay....but those numbers will never be as high as though who can essentially "walk" across the border.
jeff December 06, 2012 at 08:40 PM
Yeah its getting pretty bad but those imbeciles gotta have their crooked votes!
sankar December 06, 2012 at 09:03 PM
What is the free service?. If they are illegal, they should not be able to get government aid.
Stevie Janowski December 06, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Heres what they should do, use the info the illegal mexicans give over to the us gov, then deport them. I hope this is one big trick!
sankar December 06, 2012 at 09:49 PM
The illegals immigrants are already in USA, they are employed in whatever they do. What is so disgusting or scary about them getting a license?.Isn't it a better option than they driving the trucks without licenses or having to walk or depend on somebody else to go anywhere?. It is obvious that now or in the very future, a good number of the illegals will be legalized or given an option to become legal. There is no government in any civilized, developed country that will make an arbitrary decision to deport million plus just like that. It is acknowledged that what they have done is a criminal act, but then the criminal act is to come live in what is paradise for them, in spite of their struggles. These kind of summary expulsions or forced re-settlement will never happen, both our mainstream parties will not do it, there is no president who will take pride in such an action.
jeff December 06, 2012 at 09:54 PM
They need to go through the proper channels.
Gary December 06, 2012 at 10:24 PM
So the moral of the story is that if you can get a big enough group of people to break the law simultaneously, then not only will you avoid being punished for your crime, both political parties will confer upon you the status of super-citizen, and will do whatever they can to grant you favors to buy your votes. EUREKA!!! THAT'S BEEN OUR PROBLEM!!! All this time us conservatives have held the silly notion that if we obeyed the law, then government would leave us alone and appreciate our contribution to our community, when all we get is higher taxes while our government demonizes us as the cause of every problem in society. I finally get it. OK, now which law do we break en-mass?
jeff December 06, 2012 at 10:29 PM
You got it. Its the votes there is no other reason to let all that illegal immigration stuff slide so much, but they do and it just cost's more money in the long run.
McCloud December 07, 2012 at 12:38 AM
What is an illegal immigrant?
jeff December 07, 2012 at 12:43 AM
A tax burden!
Deb December 07, 2012 at 12:46 AM
Amen, Sister!!!
Deb December 07, 2012 at 12:48 AM
Oh, boy :(
Deb December 07, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Who votes for this crap, anyway? Why don't we get a vote on the matters that affect our tax dollars??? Ready to start a rebellion against our state...not that I care for Quinn in the first place!
Deb December 07, 2012 at 12:52 AM
I agree, Jeff! Driving is a privilege. People who are here illegally should not be given drivers licenses. PERIOD! We need to vote these morons out of office ASAP!!!
jeff December 07, 2012 at 12:56 AM
Illinois has great people & bad politicians!
Bree Olson December 07, 2012 at 05:09 AM
Ashley your a complete idiot. Go to Mexico your not worthy to live in the USA.
Bree Olson December 07, 2012 at 05:10 AM
Ashley i will send you a research paper to shut you up
jeff December 07, 2012 at 07:25 AM
Ashley your the idiot! You get your info from websites?? The cato institute? The pew institute? They will post whatever the Government allows them to. I bet you think its all true too! I got my FACTS from several people that work for that service from the actual people! From several guys and a gal who actually go after those criminals and unfortunately have to risk their lives for people like you. I guess they are lying then?? Wow!
jeff December 07, 2012 at 07:28 AM
I got my facts direct from them! Just because your illegal don't take offense.
Brian L. December 07, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Jeff, I see what you did there. You're such a clever guy at making a horrible sentence to sneak in an insanely derogatory word for a lady. Maybe no one would know if you didn't post and delete a comment where you didn't mask the word in the first place. And such a conceited fellow to think that everyone else in the world shares only your view...or do you have that from your inside sources as well? I remember our gun argument where you had inside sources for that also.....which i think one was a pro gun message board and the other was something like your friend's brother-in-law who was in law enforcement. Such the master of debate.
sankar December 07, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Gary, The conservative beacon, Mr.Reagan approved an illegal amnesty during his presidency years. In 1986, he ok'd legalizing all who entered illegally before 1982. The conservatives have been all for pardoning law breakers, Nixon by Ford, North by Reagan, Libby by Bush are some examples. You do not have to feel and talk and pretend as if Conservatives represent the side of law, it is only by convenience. You know something, compassion overrides the law, as demonstrated in all the instances listed above.
jeff December 07, 2012 at 06:18 PM
Brian, Your right and everyone else is wrong its ok we will all agree with you from now on. I choose to get my facts from the people not from websites and hear say. If its personal B then let me know we can get together and talk about! Let me know coward!
Brian L. December 07, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Jeff...why are you so angry at people on the internet? It must be tough to type through all the red you see. (*you're, it's, hearsay, it's) But that isn't the real issue here. I never said everyone agreed with me...far from it. You just assumed everyone agreed with you and no one with Ashley...I corrected. It's pretty obvious the country is split about 50/50 on all the hot button issues. Also, you do get facts from hearsay as you are citing other people's experiences...not your own. Look it up, the definition. Also, I think this is the second time you have wanted to fight me over something said on the internet. So you ask me if it's personal when you are the one taking it personally. Why on earth would I want to meet and fight you over your opinion? You have every right to think what you do. I don't want to stop that. I just want to disagree and in doing so give my points. Problems aren't always solved on the playground. Grow up a little bit...and again....relax, take a deep breath, and get yourself a hug. It might help.
jeff December 07, 2012 at 06:36 PM
I remember that conversation very well. I explained when his house got broke into and he shot the guy in self defense and still got sued. Thats a FACT I deal in facts not fantasy. Then you were saying how could he get sued if it was self defense? and I explained that back then that's whats happened. The guy that broke in was a convicted rapist, and had a felon for burglary. The state dropped the charges and the judge through out the wrongful suit from the family my point was that he got sued for saving his life, his wife's life and my nieces life in his own home and you guys were like thats impossible! The guy was also carrying a .45 and reaching for it when he walked into the room but I guess he's still wrong then for saving 3 lives? Now back to the US Marshall service comment I got my facts from people who work there I went to school with one of them ones a relative through marriage..Again I deal in facts from the people not something printed up on a government website only leaking out what they really want you to know. If you don't like facts then mind your own business.
jeff December 07, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Brian just mind your own Business! Thats not hear say when your having thanks giving dinner with someone who WORKS THERE and they shoot you some percentages same ones I mentioned. Now thats fact they got the numbers themselves and you just said it your self from there LIVE experience with that job that's not hearsay that's not second hand from some website or poll that somebody took but that's from them direct. I was blown away I couldn't believe it myself. Again, you cant get more factual than that.
Brian L. December 07, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Hearsay: unverified, unofficial information gained or acquired from another and not part of one's direct knowledge So do you work those jobs? You got it from another person who claims to have the "correct" numbers. It's the same thing Jeff. Anyone can tell you anything. Your source's numbers might be spot on, I don't know...but neither do you (according to the defined noun...hearsay.) You can get more factual. You can sit and do the studies and find the numbers yourself and not hear them from another channel. You also told me in the past that the FBI website provided only false information, but one of your sources was a law enforcement official if memory serves. My thoughts would be the information comes from the same paperwork. Again, this isn't personal by any means from this end. I'm just trying to point out that your argument has flaws too. You don't get to tell everyone they are quoting lies when yours could be wrong as well.
Brian L. December 07, 2012 at 07:55 PM
You're remembering the wrong person, but right debate. I never questioned what happened with your uncle. That was quite a specific case and I have no knowledge of it, so I didn't question it. Someone else did and brought up certain laws that I was not familiar with at the time. We did debate about conceal carry and gun laws...to which at the end I think you wanted to meet up and fight. Seems to be your go to response.
jeff December 07, 2012 at 08:13 PM
Brain again I deal in facts! So when they told me the stories of them traveling and apprehending the criminals thats not fact??????? These guys are making it up?? Your saying the illegal alien criminals apprehended themselves? Are you serious? Where is this fantasy world you speak of? What a moron! lol Wow! Why do you hate America so much? We have a war going on in Afghanistan is that hear say too? Our presidents last name is Obama is that hear say too? I cant believe I use to defend our freedom and risk my life for people like you! A round clean through my shoulder for a whiny little coward who what every he says is right and everyone else is wrong! Mind your own business then Go hang yourself coward! Its whiny crybaby's like yourself that want everything handed to them for free! FACT!


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