The Illinois Secretary of State’s office says more than 1,200 immigrants living in the U.S. illegally have received Illinois driver’s licenses since December under a new state law. [The AP updated to correct the number.]
Immigrants can currently take license tests at 14 locations across the state. Secretary of States spokesman Dave Druker says 36 locations will offer license tests by the end of the month.
The licenses are valid for three years and may be used only for driving. They can’t be used as identification for activities like boarding a plane, voting or buying a firearm.
About one-quarter of the 23,000-plus concealed-carry applications received so far by the Illinois State Police have come from Cook County, the agency reported Wednesday. […]
So far, 5,305 applicants come from Cook County, but Bond said the agency did not have a tabulation available breaking down how many came from Chicago or the Cook County suburbs. Likewise, in other counties, no town-by-town breakdowns were available, she said.
Among Illinois’ 101 other counties, Will County had the second largest volume of concealed-carry applications with 1,759, followed by DuPage County with 1,589 and Lake with 1,164.
To round out the collar counties, McHenry County had 822 applications, while Kane County had 761 gun owners wanting permission to carry their weapons in public places.