Immigrants to get driver’s licenses

AURORA (AP) – Illinois’ secretary of state’s office is preparing to launch a massive effort that gives as many as 250,000 immigrants who are in the country illegally permission to drive.

In January, Gov. Pat Quinn signed the state’s license law that supporters touted as a public safety issue as well as an important step for immigrant rights. Ten months later, the state is in the final stages of the process and will begin roll out the new licenses in December.

That’s when people will be able to have application appointments at one of 25 designated locations across Illinois, according to a report in The (Aurora) Beacon-News

“This is our No. 1 priority right now in our office,” said Tom Benigno, chief of staff to Secretary of State Jesse White.