A federal identification program touted as helping security is not flying in Illinois. Nathan Maddox, senior legal advisor in the secretary of state’s office, said the time for Real ID is right, if lawmakers agree there should be a time, as the state is preparing to switch to a new driver’s license program. But a Senate panel said no anyway.
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“In 2007, there was a resolution adopted by the Senate opposing the Real (ID) Act, as it violates the constitutional rights and liberties,” said State Sen. Kimberly Lightford (D-Maywood). “I want to stay on the right side of the Constitution, so I vote no.”
Others call it an unfunded mandate, and Maddox says travelers will be able to get through airport security even without Real ID.
S.B. 1600 failed to pass the Senate Subcommittee on Special Issues.