ACTION ALERT: Highway Safety Bill Passes Committee Hearing, Still Needs Final Vote!
Momentum continues to build to ensure the passage of SB 957, the Highway Safety and Mandatory Insurance bill. After 13 years, we secured an important endorsement by Secretary of State Jesse White, saying "protecting the people who live and work in Illinois is our top priority. We are all safer when every driver on the road is trained, tested, licensed, and insured. That's why Senate Bill 957, a bill that allows unlicensed immigrant drivers to obtain Temporary Visitor Driver’s Licenses (TVDL’s), is good public safety policy."
Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart penned an op-ed that appeared in today's Chicago Sun-Times saying, "as sheriff of Illinois’ largest county, I am responsible for providing safe roads. We are all safer when every driver is trained, tested, licensed and insured. That is why I support SB957, legislation that requires unlicensed immigrant drivers to obtain Temporary Visitor Driver’s Licenses."
On Sunday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined over 1,000 Latino leaders and parishioners at St. Pius Church to urge the Illinois House to vote yes to SB 957.
We still have a lot of work to do to make sure that Illinois makes history by becoming the first state in 10 years to pass driver’s licenses for all immigrants, regardless of status.
Please keep calling your Representative to voice your support for safer highways!