It is a big win for illegal immigrants in Illinois. The House has passed a plan which gives them the right to drive legally, but Republican Representative Dwight Kay of Glen Carbon discussed some concerns with the bill's sponsor Eddie Acevedo, a Chicago Democrat.
The immigrants will have to pass a written test, operate a vehicle, and show proof of insurance before they can be issued a temporary license. The licenses will be good for three years. Forty-six state reps voted against the idea, most claiming they want the immigrants to be fingerprinted before getting the license. Others, including Kay, say the state is overstepping its boundaries and acting on an issue that is reserved for the federal government. None the less, the bill now heads to Governor Quinn. He supports the measure.