Tuesday, December 4, 2012 – 10:00 AM Rally in the Capitol Rotunda, Springfield Illinois
Tuesday afternoon – lobbying of Springfield legislators
Springfield coordinator: Sandy Dragoo, (ph) 217.725.9445, firstname.lastname@example.org
Or contact William J. Kelly at (312) 768-8683 or email@example.com.
Thanks to Republican Leader Sen. Christine Radogno and Sen. Bill Brady, a new controversial bill to permit 250,000 illegal immigrants to receive Illinois driver’s licenses just cleared Senate Executive Committee by a 12-2 vote Thursday. A full Senate vote is expected next week.
If passed by the House and signed by Gov. Quinn in January, Illinois will join other states like New Mexico and Washington State in issuing licenses to undocumented workers.
According to the Highway Safety Coalition (HSC), a pro-amnesty front group, approximately 80,000 accidents are caused every year by “unlicensed, uninsured immigrants” in Illinois.
That begs the question: what happens to the 80,000 uninsured illegal immigrants involved in those accidents?
Illinois is a sanctuary state with a very lenient policy on illegal immigration. So next to nothing happens. Insurance premiums skyrocket and legal, insured drivers are on the hook for an extra $836 million a year.
So isn’t that another reason to punish – instead of rewarding – uninsured, illegal drivers?
Apparently, that’s not what Republican lawmakers Sen. Christine Radogno and Sen. Bill Brady believe.
This isn’t the first time Illinois has had a run-in with issuing “illegal” driver’s licenses.
n 1994, an illegally licensed truck driver named Ricardo Guzman caused the deaths of the six young Willis children in a fiery van crash near Milwaukee.
A large piece of the truck’s taillight assembly had broken off and Guzman, who purposely ignored the warnings of other drivers, failed to stop. He said he was afraid of being stopped by police. Other driver’s radioed him on the CB but Guzman, a Mexican native, didn’t understand English.
Duane and Janet Willis’ van struck the assembly which pierced the gas tank, exploding the van and trapping the young Willis children inside. No human being should die like that – much less six children.
The horrific deaths of the Willis children ignited a federal investigation into how Guzman managed to get a commercial driver’s license or CDL.The resulting investigation, Operation Safe Roads, exposed a heinous bribery scheme in George Ryan’s Secretary of State’s office: Pay a bribe, get a license.
From driver’s licenses to vehicle stickers, Ryan & Co. collected their kickbacks. Whistle blowers told their party bosses that unqualified people were receiving licenses and were promptly told to shut up and look the other way. Unsafe driver’s who failed the driving test were put on the road. And people died.
A lot of people died – not just the Willis children.
The investigation determined that more than 2,000 tainted licenses were issued and all the while Ryan had been collecting cash payments, gifts and vacations at Jamaican villas. 80 defendants were eventually convicted in the wide-ranging scheme.
There are political motives behind this new legislation in Illinois to allow illegal immigrants to receive driver’s licenses too.
Of course, Illinois politicians are licking their chops over all those votes in the growing Hispanic community.
The corporate headquarters of State Farm Insurance is in Bloomington, Illinois–Sen. Bill Brady’s state senate district. They would benefit from this deal. Is State Farm twisting Brady’s arm?
How many unqualified drivers will be issued licenses this time? Who will be on the receiving end of the kickbacks? How many more people will die?
We need to put an end to the madness and say “no” to rewarding bad behavior.
Join me on December 4th in Springfield, Illinois to let lawmakers like Sen. Bill Brady and Sen. Christine Radogno know how you feel about their support for driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants.
Instead of rewarding bad behavior, we need to punish it.
We need legislation that ensures we have safe streets for the people of Illinois of every race, color, and creed. This new legislation that is being supported by the GOP establishment does not protect the people of Illinois.
For information about the protest, contact Amy at (312) 768-8683 or firstname.lastname@example.org.