News

Ill. Lawmakers Advance Plan to Ease DUI Penalties

Ill. Lawmakers Advance Plan to Ease DUI Penalties

Photo: Newsradio WTAX

Illinois lawmakers have advanced a proposal to allow drunken driving offenders with revoked licenses to drive again.

A House committee voted 15-0 Wednesday to approve the legislation. The measure also has support from a prominent anti-drunk driving group.

The proposal would allow four-time DUI offenders to obtain a restricted driver’s permit five years after losing their license. Applicants would need to prove three years of sobriety, complete treatment programs and permanently install an in-car Breathalyzer.

Rita Kreslin is the director of the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists. She’s supporting the measure because it gives rehabilitated people another chance.

Law enforcement organizations are neutral on the proposal.

The legislation sponsored by State Rep. Elaine Nekritz (D-Northbrook) now goes to the House floor for consideration.

Recent Headlines

in Local

Higher Speed Limits Expanding to Tollroads: Senate Overrides Vetoes

speed limit 70

The Illinois Senate has overridden the governor's vetoes of bills raising speed limits in Illinois.

in Local

Supreme Court Decision: Illinois May Have To Set Up Its Own Website

online-health-620x400

Illinois may have to set up its own insurance webpage because of U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on Affordable Care Act.

in Election 2014, Local

Governor-Elect Rauner Prepares To Take Reins of Illinois’ Government

governor's mansion

Governor-Elect Bruce Rauner busies himself with plans for taking reins of Illinois' government.

in Local

Heroin Kills: Man Sentenced To 24 Years For Dealing Lethal Drug

heroin

A Pekin man is given 24 years in prison for selling heroin that prosecutors say killed at least three people.

in Local

Springfield Fire Captain Arrested for Wielding Gun

gun

The Menard County Sheriff's office says a Springfield Fire Department captain has been arrested for carrying a shotgun into a rural Athens home and threatening residents.