While it's still a hassle to get on an airplane, at least it shouldn't be more of one for Illinoisans.
The secretary of state's office announced Friday the federal government has announced a two-year moratorium on security changes at airports. That means Illinois driver's licenses will be suitable to allow you to fly, even though the licenses do not comply with all of the REAL ID Act.
Henry Haupt, a spokesman for the secretary of state's office, says not only is it an unfunded mandate, but there's no state budget to allow his office to spend $60 million to finish the compliance with the federal law.
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As it stands, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Haupt says, has praised Illinois. “They said that our driver's license and identification cards meet or exceed the standards for security features and that we utilize one of the best facial recognition systems in the country.”
So we're good until Jan. 22, 2018. Between now and then, Haupt says, his office will continue to work with the legislature and feds.