Bill Brady to support temporary visitor driver's licenses for
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SPRINGFIELD -- Sen. Bill Brady said
Wednesday he will support legislation to improve traffic safety and
lower insurance costs for Illinois motorists by permitting
undocumented immigrants to obtain temporary visitors' driver's
licenses, already allowed for many other foreign-born individuals.
At Brady's urging, language is included in the bill to stipulate that the
temporary visitors' driver's licenses cannot be used for purposes of
identification, such as registering to vote, boarding an airplane or purchasing
"I am pleased that the sponsors of the legislation and the Illinois
Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights addressed my concerns and agreed that
the temporary visitors' licenses should include notification in bold type that
they cannot be used for identification purposes," said Brady, an assistant
Senate Republican leader from Bloomington.
Brady said he decided to support and co-sponsor the legislation because of
valid economic arguments for licensing an estimated 250,000 undocumented
immigrants in Illinois. Other states that have implemented similar provisions,
such as Utah, have seen dramatic numbers of their undocumented immigrants become
licensed and purchase the required auto insurance.
"Without licenses, our law enforcement officers cannot check their driving
records, and without licenses, Illinois motorists are footing the bill for their
uninsured motor vehicle accidents," Brady said.
"This isn't just an issue in the city of Chicago. It's also an issue in the
suburbs and downstate areas where the Latino population is growing."
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The legislation will require the undocumented immigrants to provide
proof of their identity and Illinois residency, pass a driver's
test, and carry automobile insurance. The cost of the temporary
visitors' driver's licenses will be about $30, the same as for
regular driver's licenses.
"We are excited that the highway safety legislation continues to
receive bipartisan support from legislators who understand the need
to keep our roads and families safe," said Lawrence Benito, CEO of
the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.
[Text from file received from
Brady for Senate]