(WEHT)- Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker signed a bill Friday that would eliminate suspending driver’s licenses for failing to pay fines on most non-moving violations.
Authorities say more than 50,000 Illinois driver’s licenses are suspended each year because drivers cannot pay the fines. Supporters of the legislation say that the old policy limited employment opportunities and left people unable to pay the fines.
Chicago Mayor, Lori Lightfoot supported the legislation saying “For far too long, thousands of residents in Chicago and around the state every year have had the experience of having their driver’s license taken away — in turn putting them at risk of losing their car, their job, or worse, and often inflicting the most harm on our Black and Brown communities.”
The bill featured bipartisan support from Illinois House Republican Leader, Jim Durkin who said, “this bill stops a practice that doesn’t fit the times and is the right thing to do.”
As part of the legislation, Illinoisans whose licenses were canceled, suspended, or revoked can have their driving privileges reinstated.
(This story was originally published on January 19, 2020)