Local Latino group excited for new law

By Beau Ebenezer

January 9, 2013 Updated Jan 10, 2013 at 11:33 AM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Latinos United for Change officials are calling it a "huge win" following the signing of a law that would allow undocumented immigrants to acquire driver licenses.

The House voted in favor of the bill on Tuesday in their final lame duck session.

The new law will permit three-year driver's licenses for immigrants who can prove they lived in the state for more than one year and have proper identification.

With the temporary licenses, undocumented immigrants will be required to get tested, trained, and insured.

State Farm representatives say once the bill is put into affect, anyone who is granted driving privileges will be considered under their normal auto insurance criteria.

Latinos United For Change Officials hope the new law will decrease deportation for undocumented immigrants.

"This is going to alleviate some of that. It is going to alleviate some of the retention in the jails and stuff like that because they are not going to be pulled over for licenses. So, I think it is a wonderful move," said Latinos Unites for Change Leader Debra Hernandez.

The bill awaits the signature of Governor Pat Quinn who has already said he supports the bill.

Once signed, it will take 10 months for the bill to go into effect.

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