GOP support helps move immigrant driver's licenses

December 4, 2012

The Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Ill.  — Illinois legislative Republican leaders' support of allowing illegal immigrants to get driver's licenses should help move the issue.

Advocates expect the Senate to take up the matter on the floor Tuesday.

House Minority Leader Tom Cross of Oswego and Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno announced at a morning Capitol news conference that they'll back the proposal.

The plan awaiting a Senate floor vote would allow the 250,000 illegal immigrants who are already driving the chance to be tested, licensed and buy insurance.

Cross and Radogno were no-shows two weeks ago when Chicago Democratic Senate President John Cullerton announced the plan.

Cross says he hadn't seen the legislation but supports it now. Radogno says both parties have worked on it for five years.