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AFP-Illinois, bipartisan coalition thank Governor Pritzker for signing License to Work Act into law
Springfield, Ill – Americans for Prosperity-Illinois (AFP-IL) joined advocates and leaders from across Illinois in thanking Governor Pritzker for signing the License to Work Act into law. The legislation ends the misguided practice of suspending a person’s driver’s licenses for non-driving violations, such as inability to pay parking and compliance tickets, fines and fees.
“This is a great day for the tens of thousands of Illinoisans who will now be able to legally drive to work, provide for their families, and improve their lives,” said Andrew Nelms, state director for AFP-IL. “Suspending the driver’s licenses of individuals who are unable to immediately pay court fines and fees criminalizes poverty and traps individuals in a vicious cycle with law enforcement. We were proud to work with a broad coalition to get this legislation passed and thank Governor Pritzker for signing it into law.”
The License to Work Act:
Additional organizations that championed the legislation and encouraged lawmakers to pass it include ACLU of Illinois, Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice, Chicago Jobs Council, Chicago Urban League, Community Organizing and Family Issues (COFI), Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights, Revolution Workshop, and Woodstock Institute.