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Patch Flash: IL House OKs Drivers Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants

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The Illinois House voted 65-46 on Tuesday in favor of a bill to give driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants, after advocates argued that the legislation could make the roads safer and prevent people from driving without insurance. 

The bill will now go to the desk of Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, who plans to sign it. The state Senate already approved the measure, also with bipartisan support.

“I want to commend members of the Illinois House for their bipartisan passage of legislation that will help ensure every Illinois motorist is properly licensed and empower more immigrants to become stronger contributors to our economy," Quinn said in a statement after the vote. "Not only will Senate Bill 957 save lives, it will save Illinois motorists $46 million a year in insurance premiums by making sure every driver is properly insured." 

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The push to solve the crisis by Gov. Pat Quinn's deadline of Wednesday, when a new Legislature is sworn in, crumbled swiftly during the day. Democratic sponsors of a reform bill failed to amass the votes necessary amid stiff union resistance and legislative leadership unwilling to chance a roll-call vote.

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The judges suggested in a 2-1 decision that legalizing concealed carry is long overdue. Judge Richard Posner, who wrote the majority opinion, said that there was nothing to suggest that criminal activity in Illinois was different enough from that in other states to justify taking a different approach to concealed carry. 

A driver is lucky to be alive after his car was hit by a Metra train Monday afternoon at the Northwest Highway railroad crossing near Arthur/Davis in Arlington Heights. According to Arlington Heights Police Sargeant Jerry Lehnert, as the train was coming westbound, it stuck the front bumper of the car. The driver, who has not been identified, was parked so close to the crossing that the gates actually came down on the roof of the vehicle at the time of the incident.  

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Sandra Sims January 10, 2013 at 04:29 PM
You already do need to provide insurance info on your plate application and sticker renewals. I would ventrue to guess the illegals have already been committing fraud in order to get their plates. How surprising.
C-Dub January 10, 2013 at 04:29 PM
Then the insurance company reports that the vehicle on the policy is out of compliance with Illinois mandatory liability laws to the DMV. If the insurance company or the vehicle tags are not registered with the DMV in 30 days the license plate is suspended as well as the registered owners license.
Aimee January 10, 2013 at 04:39 PM
Mary Jones, you took the words right out of my mouth! I could not agree with you more!
Dave Knapp January 10, 2013 at 05:09 PM
Does that also mean that bank robberies are now just undocumented withdrawals? Honestly, this couldn't be simpler. As Mary and so many others have pointed out, the operative word here is ILLEGAL. Whether you support giving them licenses or not, whether they have insurance or not, they are COMMITTING A CRIME. What other crime can you commit and not only not be reprimanded, but ASSISTED, by the authorities? Drunk drivers would be safer if they could expect a police escort to follow them home... but that doesn't happen, and rightly so, because the driver is committing a crime and should be apprehended by the police. This isn't rocket science.
Jim January 10, 2013 at 05:24 PM
What a country! You can enter illegaly without going to jail or being tried as a spy, get a job, house, car and a driver's liscense. You will have to have auto insurance, an address, money for an attorney in some cases and get free medical care and a free education. Try that in Germany, France, Austrailia, Iran, Saudi Arabia or almost anywhere else. I guess we went from a rules based society to a rights based society around 1965. Usually that leads to chaos and anarchy and requires a dictator to restore some semblance of order. I hope he/she is a nice person.
R. Thomas January 10, 2013 at 05:34 PM
I'm confused..... you want to give "ILLEGAL" Immigrants a drivers license... but in order to obtain one... you need TWO pieces of Identification to obtain a drivers license.. one of them being a Social Security Card.... Soooooooo how is the bill really going to help them???....I have to agree Jim... what a country.. with a bunch of Dummies running it!!!
Jim January 10, 2013 at 05:43 PM
R. Thomas, We elected them. Well maybe noy you and I but the majority which is what worries me about the country we live in.
David Zornig January 10, 2013 at 06:04 PM
Illinois has required Mandatory Liability insurance for 30+ years. Insurance is on the vehicle, not the driver. No matter who is driving. That info is supposed to be updated with every plate renewal & upon purchase of new plates. If the State doesn't police the system it already has in place, this will just add another layer of bureaucracy to it. By having newly licensed drivers, who still don't add or update the information. Making them no more legal, or creating any safer of an environment. The State STILL gives the renewals when left blank or containing erroneous info, because they want/need the revenue. Never following up on the most obvious of omissions. They then rely on the insurers, to be the safety net if something goes wrong. Washing their hands of responsibility. Insurance companies will become wise to this, & to protect their own interests wipe away the supposed effectiveness of this new legislation, by adding a clause that they do not cover anyone the Federal Government deems a criminal. This is all just a massive paper shuffle that will raise everyone's rates. It makes the State look like they addressed a problem, when in reality they exacerbated an existing one. A better step would have been requiring the DMV & Currency Exchanges, where all questionable title & plate work takes place, to verify ALL information is valid before issuing them. And not give citizens legal or illegal, fresh 12 month time frames to drive around uninsured.
Carlos Rosa January 10, 2013 at 06:09 PM
Read the article, understand the text of the law. In order to even get the license you need to provide proof of insurance. Anyone looking to get the TVDL - whether they are undocumented immigrants that have lived in Illinois 10+ years or a person on a year long student visa they'll need to be insured.
lucas January 10, 2013 at 06:11 PM
To obtain the three-year temporary licenses, immigrants will need to pass tests and obtain auto insurance, plus show they live in the state by providing a lease or utility bills. DO YOU REALLY BELIEVE THIS LAW AS WRITTEN WILL NOT BE CHANGED? TO HAVE CAR INSURANCE YOU HAVE TO BE INSURING A AUTO
Charles January 10, 2013 at 06:43 PM
just saying, maybe you need to catch up on the laws. Illegal is illegal and people like you don't seem to grasp that fact. You are the one that needs to WAKE UP!
C-Dub January 10, 2013 at 08:12 PM
In order to add a clause to an insurance policy the wording must be approved by the states department of insurance before it can be applied. Therefore, if an insurance company is adding wording to their policy that is trying to trump state law, most likely it will not be approved by the DOI. VINs on every car that are insured is reported to the IL DMV. When a policy cancels or lapses at renewal the change is reported. The DMV will send out notice that the insurance is lapsed or cancelled and in 30 days the tags and the registered owners license will be suspended. Seen it a thousand times. Will it prevent people from driving, of course not.
Laura Wagner January 10, 2013 at 08:38 PM
Yeah Carlos, but what would make people who have no problem living here illegally suddenly be concerned about driving illegally? The point is that, despite continuing to drive in Illinois, many of them won't get licenses or insurance, because they don't do things legally.
lucas January 10, 2013 at 09:00 PM
Carlos If they lived in the US for 10+ years and are still undocumented they should be either put in jail or deported
Jim January 10, 2013 at 09:07 PM
Hey, this is all in the name of diversity. Look, we have one group who can violate the law and still win and then we have another group who has to obey the law or be penalized. Any wonder why the fabric of society is fraying? Good intentions. Bad result.
McCloud January 10, 2013 at 09:14 PM
Great point, not sure about the good intentions though.
Tony January 10, 2013 at 09:22 PM
Perhaps the illegals can register to vote while at the DMV.
lucas January 10, 2013 at 09:29 PM
the requirements are almost the same as getting a drivers license (just don't need auto insurance) PERHAPS THATS WHY THE DEMS PUSHED THIS THROUGH
David Zornig January 11, 2013 at 01:01 AM
C-Dub, the issue is the initial registering of used cars at the DMV & currency exchanges. I have seen transactions on private party sales, where no ins. info was requested or applied to that given car's transaction at the time. Particularly at currency exchanges. (I insisted it be done on any car I've sold) Also in "title only" scenarios, when the plates are presumed purchased later. The assumption is the DMV will get it then. Go to a different currency exchange, and it gets overlooked again. All scenarios lead to a potential 12 month period where an uninsured car has legal plates. The assumption is the database between the ins. industry and the DMV is closely monitored. It is not. If an incomplete registration sneaks in under the radar, it is not pursued. Without seeing the full wording of the above legislation, there is no knowing how the State intends to force insurance carriers to sell policies to people who don't yet have DL #s or even cars. When I last renewed my own plates at the DMV, the clerk separated & tossed the portion I'd pre-written my insurance info on, and printed out a new one left blank. Then separated & tossed out that portion again. Which means the only record of my insurer, is from years ago. Or whatever my insurer provided them. If the shared database is so up to date & reliable, the DMV wouldn't be asking for such info every time. It's a false safeguard.
David Greenberg January 11, 2013 at 02:52 AM
More brilliance from the members of the Springfield Brain Trust (tm). I have no problem with LEGAL immigration - it's what this Country has been founded on and what makes us Great. But that said, the ONLY thing that illegal aliens should get is deported back to their point of origin. No welfare. No health/dental care. No emergency care. No food stamps. No assistance whatsoever. No sanctuary. And employers should be fined $100,000 per day per illegal employee - no exceptions. Once there's NO opportunities, no FREE stuff, and NO work for illegal immigrants - you'll see LEGAL immigration on the rise. And for those who believe this is harsh, what I propose is already in place in several other countries around the World - including some popular points of origin for illegal immigration to the USA. Why should we be any different?
Palman January 11, 2013 at 03:27 AM
OMG! The jury list that is used to summon jurors consists of registered voters, anyone with a drivers license, and anyone with a State ID card!! Holy cow I am now going to be judged by an illegal alien? Our Illinois politicians are smart, we are the stupid ones for electing them.
Marty Thompsen January 11, 2013 at 03:49 AM
I agree. In the past couple of years I have been hit from behind three times. Each time the driver had no insurance. I have a spotless record, no tickets, no accidents but still I did not report but paid out of my pocket to fix so as not to have my insurance go up. Giving illegals a driver's licenses will only give them more access to get more benefits by showing their driver's license and still not pay for insurance or anything else. I am tired and do not want my money to go to illegals. To get money you must work! That should be a law!
Jim Advance January 11, 2013 at 02:48 PM
The car insurance problem should fall squarely on the Sec. of State Jesse White's office. If JW would require proof of insurance when renewing auto lic. plates this old problem would go away. No insurace- no renew of your license plates...simple solution. I was hit my an uninsured driver. How do these uninsured drivers keep getting their cars registered and licensed? JW's office really doesn't care about proof of insurance but is only interested in the renewal fee for the license plate.
lucas January 11, 2013 at 02:54 PM
your required to indicate that you have insurance when renewing plates. Believe it has you put in company and policy number
Shawn January 22, 2013 at 11:11 PM
So anyone who has lost their license for dui or suspeneded can just get a new undocumented drivers license by saying they are Jose Cuervo and have no documentation. Or if a undocumented driver gets a dui they just say they are someone else and get another undocumented license. Way to go Illinois
lucas January 22, 2013 at 11:16 PM
Election next year. Need to lay ground work for VOTES
Bob G February 03, 2013 at 05:22 PM
This state is so stupid and corrupt. When will people vote them all out ?
Jeff Connors February 04, 2013 at 02:39 AM
This is only a dem ploy to make the Hispanics vote for them. I am sickened to see this country being thrown away to Mexico. Soon there will only be one party and soon our national language will be Spanish. Anyone visit Waukegan recently. What a joke. They bleed the medical, and social services systems dry. Teachers loose their jobs if they can't speak Spanish in a school that has changed to a majority of Hispanic students. Just keep rewarding them for breaking the laws. See where this once great nation ends up.
Rich February 04, 2013 at 03:03 PM
Illinois Taxes,corruption,lies. Allmost any politican's will or could get jail time, if you do you get early realease and go home not to half way house. If you play your cards right you become President of the United States of America. Not Mexico or Africa just the country they come to illeagly, and you give them everything a lot of American citizens can't afford. Try to get your property taxes lowered and they increase them. Print things like this on internet, they censor this kind of thing and will increase your taxes also. Politicans hold the winning hand and there isn't **** you can do about it.
millie February 04, 2013 at 03:05 PM
Why did George Ryan again?

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