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House Passes Immigrant Driver's License Bill

UPDATED January 8, 5:12 p.m.
Illegal immigrants are just one signature away from being able to legally obtain driver's licenses in the state of Illinois. Today, the Illinois House approved legislation moving the bill to Gov. Pat Quinn's desk. Quin has said he would sign it.

Licenses could not be used for identification purposes like boarding a plane. Immigrants would have to take a driver's test, prove Illinois residency, and have a picture taken for a state database.

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UPDATED January 8, 2:30 p.m.


The Illinois House has passed a bill to allow the state to issue temporary driver's licenses to illegal immigrants. The measure now awaits Gov. Pat Quinn's signature.

The House voted 65-46 to pass the bill. All of the voting lawmakers representing the ABC Newschannel 20 viewing area--Brauer, Poe, Bill Mitchell, Davidsmeyer, and Rosenthal--voted no. Adam Brown was absent from the vote. See how other House members voted.

The Senate approved the measure in December.
You can see how they voted here.

Supporters said the driver's
licenses would improve public safety, adding there are 250,000
undocumented immigrants who are old enough to drive.

Opponents said there's room for fraud.

The
organization representing police chiefs points out immigrants would not
have to provide fingerprints or a federal tax ID number.

To obtain a
license, immigrants would have to prove they've lived in Illinois for
one year. They'd also have to take a driver's test. The license couldn't
be used for identification.