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The Illinois Association of County Officials support "Sign and Drive" legislation

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[August 15, 2014]  SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Association of County Officials (IACO) is applauding state legislators and the governor for changing the law to no longer require drivers to give up their licenses after a traffic offense.

The new “Sign and Drive” legislation was signed into law over the weekend. Until now, drivers would post their license as security after certain traffic citations, ensuring they would guarantee to appear in court or pay a fine. Now they can just sign the ticket and keep their licenses.

DuPage Circuit Clerk Chris Kachiroubas, whose office helped spearhead the law change, said his office had dealt with the problem since he took office a decade ago. Often, drivers’ licenses are people’s only form of government-issued identification. They could then face not getting on airplanes, renting cars, cashing checks or even getting into schools with new security procedures.

There were also court administrative costs and headaches associated with tracking drivers’ licenses. Illinois is the last of the 50 states to make this change, and Kachiroubas says he and many other circuit clerks welcome it.

“The governor and lawmakers brought Illinois in line with the rest of the country,” said Kachiroubas, IACO's Secretary-Treasurer. “Illinois drivers will have the same rights as out-of-state drivers and will keep their licenses by signing their name, knowing they have to pay the fines or face stronger sanctions. We hope this is a change that benefits everyone.”

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IACO, which represents circuit clerks along with other county officials, said the signing of Senate Bill 2583 is another example of the association’s campaign to show Why Counties Matter.

“Chris and the other circuit clerks around Illinois recognized this was a law that needed a change and Illinois drivers are better for it,” said Larry Pfeiffer, IACO President and Regional Superintendent of Schools in west-central Illinois. “We will continue to find ways to serve taxpayers and ensure government policies make sense.”

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