Some Illinois lawmakers are pushing back against a proposal to provide driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants. Immigrant rights groups are using the strong Hispanic turnout in the election as fuel to push the proposal during the fall veto session.
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And while State Sen. Dale Righter (R-Mattoon, pictured) says that particular voting base should get more attention from his party – and Democrats – he’s not sure if this is the best way to do it. He calls a driver’s license a privilege and doesn’t believe people who are in the United States illegally deserve that privilege. Proponents of the legislation say it would make Illinois’ roads safer because many illegal immigrants are driving now without a license or insurance.