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Bill providing free state IDs to people leaving prison, jail heads to Pritzker’s desk | Top Stories

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) — The Illinois House passed a plan Wednesday to provide free state IDs to people leaving prisons and jails.

Incarcerated people who previously held a state ID or driver’s license could be able to submit a form to the Secretary of State’s office to get a new ID. Applicants would need a photo taken by the correctional facility and must provide proof of residency upon discharge.

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People released on parole, mandatory supervised release or a pardon could receive a temporary 90-day state ID if they do not receive a standard ID before they leave a correctional facility.

“There will be minimal to no cost to correctional facilities and the Secretary of State’s office is dedicated and committed to putting forth those resources that are needed to bring the ID card to fruition,” said Rep. Justin Slaughter (D-Chicago).

House Republicans said they appreciate the intent of the bill, but they could not support giving a free ID card to someone if they could afford to buy one.

Senate Bill 2803 passed out of the House on a partisan 73-40 vote. It previously passed out of the Senate on a 41-18 vote on April 10.







Illinois Capitol April 2024

“The impetus for this legislation is to help reduce recidivism,” said Sen. Christopher Belt (D-Cahokia). “We now that if you come out and you’re already able to get identification that it helps you gain traction as you go forward.”

The legislation now heads to Gov. JB Pritzker’s desk for his signature of approval. 

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