The Illinois General Assembly passed legislation on Tuesday that would permit unauthorized immigrants to obtain temporary driver's licenses, clearing the way for Gov. Pat Quinn to sign the bill into law. The Illinois state Senate passed the bill back on Dec. 4.
The lower house voted 65-46 to approve the measure yesterday. When it becomes law, undocumented immigrants in Illinois will be able to obtain three-year renewable licenses as long as they provide proof of residency in the state.
The new law could impact approximately 250,000 undocumented immigrant drivers in Illinois.
Supporters argued that the bill would make the state's roads safer since applicants would have to pass driving tests and would likely be eligible to purchase insurance.