Illinois became the fourth and most populated state to grant undocumented immigrants drivers licenses. Yesterday, Gov. Pat Quinn signed the bill, which made its way to his desk after passing through the lame duck session earlier this month, into law. Quinn is hoping this move will provide President Obama with some home state pride on Tuesday when he unveils his immigration reform plan in Las Vegas.
"This was a bipartisan effort to pass an important law," Quinn said, according to the Huffington Post. "When the president speaks on Tuesday, he can say about his home state of Illinois ... we not only passed the Dream Act last year, we passed driver's licenses for those who are undocumented."
Undocumented immigrants can start applying for licenses in October. The law is expected to give some 250,000 undocumented immigrants in the state the opportunity to get a drivers license.