The Pantagraph has a good story today about the controversy over the federal Real ID program and a legislative resolution that expresses the state’s concerns over the issue.
Illinois could soon join the chorus of states to â€œrevoltâ€ against a federal law requiring standardized driverâ€™s licenses across the country.
In the past months, a host of states have expressed varying levels of frustration with the Real ID Act â€” a law that would require citizens to have a federally accepted form of identification to get onto airplanes or into some government buildings.
Some have said having a massive national database of personal information could lead to identity theft problems.
Ed Yohnka, spokesman for the Illinois branch of the American Civil Liberties Union, characterized the statesâ€™ frustration as a â€œrevoltâ€ and hopes Illinois effort will get federal lawmakers to act.
A resolution that could be debated in the Illinois General Assembly would be similar to some other states in that if itâ€™s approved, the rebuke wouldnâ€™t carry legal weight. Itâ€™s designed to send a political message.
Go read the whole thing. Secretary of State Jesse White is scheduled to testify on the resolution this week. The resolution’s text can be found here.
RESOLVED, That the members of the Illinois General Assembly oppose any portion of the Real ID Act that violates the rights and liberties guaranteed under the Illinois Constitution or the United States Constitution, including the Bill of Rights;