From Central Illinois Proud:
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WTVO) — Gov. JB Prizker eliminated driver’s license suspensions for non-moving violations on Friday, reinstating tens of thousands of licenses.
The new License to Work act removes the State’s ability to take a resident’s driver’s license as punishment for unpaid tickets, fines, and fees.
“Suspending licenses for having too many unpaid tickets or fines or fees doesn’t necessarily make a person pay the bill, but it does mean that the people who are suffering from this don’t have a way to pay,” Governor Pritzker said.
The Governor’s Office says more than 50,000 Illinois licenses are suspended each year because drivers can’t afford to pay the fines.
The new law takes effect on July 1st.
From the Illinois ACLU:
The License to Work Act would:
- Eliminates driver’s license suspension as a penalty for most non-driving violations, including:
- Failing to pay parking, compliance, or tollway tickets, fines, or fees
- Being judged to be a “truant minor”
- Criminal trespass to a vehicle, and a handful of other non-driving violations
- Allows an individual whose license was suspended under any of these provisions to have their license reinstated.
The License to Work Act would keep Illinoisans on the road so that they can continue to work and support their families.