More than 85,000 driver's licenses issued to immigrants under state program

SPRINGFIELD - Illinois officials say more than 85,000 immigrants illegally living in the U.S. have obtained driver's licenses during the first year of new state program.

According to Illinois Secretary of State spokesperson Henry Haupt, approximately 190,000 people have made appointments to obtain the licenses since the program started.  Supporters of the program say it makes roads safer and saves motorists money, but opponents argue that state officials should be pursuing immigrants who have entered the country illegally.

Under the program, individuals may obtain their driver's licenses after taking the required tests and paying a $30 fee.  The licenses may only be used for driving, and are valid for three years.
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