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Thu Oct 31, 2019, 05:18 AM

Illinois Legislators Vote to End License Suspensions for Motorists With Unpaid Parking Tickets

Illinois lawmakers approved a bill Tuesday that would eliminate driverís license suspensions for unpaid parking tickets, putting an end to a decades-old practice that has hurt tens of thousands of motorists across the state.

The bill now awaits Gov. J.B. Pritzkerís signature. A spokeswoman for the governor said he looks forward to reviewing ďthis meaningful legislation.Ē Rep. Carol Ammons, a Democrat from Urbana-Champaign who co-sponsored the measure, said that the governor has told her he supports the billís intent and that she expects him to sign it.

The legislation, known as the License to Work Act, would end license suspensions for a number of non-moving violations, including the largest category: unpaid parking and vehicle compliance tickets. Advocates say that cutting off driving privileges hurts people trying to get to work, earn a living and pay off debts.

The vast majority of those suspensions affect motorists from low-income, black neighborhoods in Chicago and its suburbs, ProPublica Illinois has reported. Many of those affected have been unable to drive legally for years but do so anyway, risking arrest and getting swept into the criminal justice system.

Read more: https://www.propublica.org/article/illinois-legislators-vote-bill-end-drivers-license-suspensions-unpaid-parking-tickets

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