CHICAGO — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel say they will push the state Legislature again to try to pass a measure creating a special driver's license for illegal immigrants.
This time, the Democrats who control state government say they hope to get the help of Republicans who were stung by a lack of Latino support in the national election earlier this month. Quinn and Emanuel, along with Senate President John Cullerton, a fellow Democrat, expressed their support for such licenses Tuesday.
No legislation has been written yet, but Cullerton said he wanted to try to take action on the proposal as soon as next week, when lawmakers return to the Capitol in Springfield for a veto session. They are also back for a few days in December and again in January.
Few details have been made public, but the proposal would not be for illegal immigrants to obtain the same driver's license available to legal Illinois residents. Instead, discussions are centered on expanding a current program in the Illinois secretary of state's office that allows for temporary licenses for foreign visitors who are here legally.