Ill. Pols Support Driver's Licenses for Illegal Immigrants

Would get the same temporary licenses that legally visiting foreigners get


Some of the main politicians in Illinois, including Gov. Pat Quinn and Senate President John Cullerton, on Tuesday publicly expressed their support for a bill to issue driver's licenses to some 250,000 undocumented immigrants.

"This is a safety issue that impacts every driver in Illinois and we should join together to take swift action to save lives," Quinn said during a press conference at Chicago's Roosevelt High School.

Quinn called the bill that fellow Democrat Cullerton will present in the coming weeks "responsible legislation."

In place of a traditional driver's license, undocumented people would receive the temporary license that has been granted since 2005 to foreigners who are living legally in Illinois but who do not have a Social Security Number.