Republican lawmakers look to strengthen Illinois' DUI laws

By WEEK Producer

May 14, 2013 Updated May 14, 2013 at 10:31 PM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, IL. -- Illinois House Republicans are moving to strengthen the state's DUI laws as they relate to drivers for hire.

Over the weekend, Limousine driver Richard Madison was charged with a misdemeanor DUI and reckless conduct after transporting two dozen Oswego East students to their prom.

Madison's blood alcohol level was three times the legal limit, but he could not be charged with a felony.

State Representative Dennis Reboletti's legislation calls for felony charges when a hired driver transports passengers while under the influence of alcohol.

"We have the presumption that anytime we get into a cab or a bus, that the person is sober. And, that they are able to operate the motor vehicle with care and what we saw here was the exact opposite," Rep. Dennis Reboletti, R-Elmhurst.

Riboletti and House leader Tom Cross are trying to get the bill fast-tracked and passed before the end of the legislation session.

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