* We’ve already talked about this…
A Rockford woman is suing the Illinois secretary of state in an attempt to change a state rule requiring those who wear a religious head covering in their driver’s license photo to also certify that they do not normally remove that head covering in public.
Maryjane Bicksler, 68, filed the lawsuit this week in Chicago federal court with the help of the Chicago chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
The suit states that Bicksler, who is Muslim and wears a hijab, went to her local driver’s services facility in Rockford to renew her driver’s license in July. She was asked to sign a form saying that if the secretary of state’s office, which is in charge of driver’s services, received evidence that she does not wear her hijab in public, her driver’s license would be canceled.
* Zorn asks some good questions. Too bad he didn’t get any answers…
You can have a full beard for your license photo and shave it off the moment you get home, and your license is still valid.
You can wear a wig for your license photo. You can change to a dramatically different wig, dye your hair or shave yourself bald the moment you get home, and your license is still valid.
You can wear prescription glasses for your photo, then switch to contacts the moment you get home, and your license is still valid.
As long as the photo shows the applicant’s eyes, nose and mouth without shadow or obstruction, what’s the difference?
I put this question to White’s office Thursday, but a spokesman cited the pending litigation and declined to offer any comment on the topic.