Bill Would End Suspension Of Driver's Licenses For Unpaid Parking Tickets

Jim Gudas
October 30, 2019 - 10:11 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) --A bill passed by Illinois lawmakers would end the suspension of driver’s licenses for unpaid tickets, for illegal parking, and other non-moving violations. 

Illinois House Republican Leader Jim Durkin was among those who supported the bill.

"The policy behind suspending licenses for these parking tickets, I am not sure when it all started, but it just does not make sense," Durkin said.

He said the bill would end a vicious cycle that people who can't work and can't earn the money needed to pay off their tickets are frequently trapped in.

State Representative Carol Ammons of Champaign sponsored the bill.

She said it doesn’t make sense to prevent some people from working by taking away their driving privileges, then expecting them to pay their overdue parking and other non-moving violation tickets when they can’t earn money.

"We wanted to cover many issues that will return people back to work and give them the opportunity to even pay the debts that they owe," Ammons said.

If Governor Pritzker signs the bill, it would become law next July.