driver's license

Secretary of State

More than a million people have Illinois drivers' licenses but aren't registered to vote. They would be registered automatically under a measure before the General Assembly.

Democrat Daniel Biss from Evanston says he thinks it is his responsibility as a public official to make the election process as open as possible.

"I think that we have a challenge in our society right now where participation in democracy feels first of all difficult and second of all, unfortunately sometimes pointless," Biss said.

Drivers License Bill Heads to Governor

Jan 9, 2013

Governor Pat Quinn says he'll sign legislation creating a special driver's license for immigrants who are in Illinois illegally. The bill cleared its final legislative hurdle Tuesday after it was approved by the House on the last day of the lame-duck session.

Illinois Secretary of State

The Illinois General Assembly returns this week for the fall veto session. Lawmakers may consider a measure to allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver's licenses. 

34-year-old Juan lives in the Champaign-Urbana area with his wife and four children. To protect his identity, he’s asked to only use his first name. Juan illegally came to the United States 13-years-ago from Mexico. He owns his own car, but substantially limits his trips - going to work, driving his kids to school, picking up groceries, and making doctor’s appointments.