WHAT:  Safer Families Coalition Chairman William J. Kelly debates Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran on the bill to grant driver’s to 250,000 illegal aliens, which passed the Illinois House Tuesday with the help of 11 Republican votes. Gov. Quinn says that he will sign the legislation into law.

Only a few officials in the law enforcement community actually supported the bill including Curran, who says the bill will make highways safer by making sure illegal aliens have insurance. But Kelly, Chairman of the Safer Families Coalition, says that Illinois has a history of fraud and abuse of power in issuing driver’s licenses, including a recent Chinatown driver’s license fraud ring involving the Secretary of State’s office.  He also says that no proof of insurance is required upfront to get a license and very little is required from applicants to prove identity.

“I understand that Sheriff Curran wants to run for Attorney General but first he needs to understand the definition of the word illegal.”

The Illinois Association Police Chiefs aggressively opposed to the legislation citing the bill’s lack of homeland security safeguards, including the failure to provide fingerprints and federal tax-identification numbers.

Both House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, and House Minority Leader Tom Cross, R-Oswego, were forced to substitute members to replace critics on the transportation panel to ensure safe passage of the bill to the House floor on Monday.

DATE:  January 10, 2012

TIME:  7:00 PM

PLACE:  Mundelein Comfort Inn, 517 Illinois 83  Mundelein, IL 60060


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