(CHICAGO) Officials in Illinois say the state is expected to apply to join the federal government’s REAL ID law later this year. Enacted back in 2005, after the 9/11 Commission recommended creating minimum security standards for state identification cards, the federal REAL ID Act issues licenses & cards to allow access into federal buildings and commercial flights. Illinois currently has an extension in place, so residents can still board domestic flights with their current forms of ID. Officials say after the state joins the REAL ID program, Illinois residents will have a grace period to obtain a new up-to-date license & card.
(SPRINGFIELD) The Secretary of State’s Traffic Safety Advisory Committee has voted to endorse three impaired driving proposals designed to make Illinois roads safer by reducing crashes and fatalities. While one measure would strengthen prosecution of DUI by allowing prosecutors to introduce as evidence past DUI offenses committed by the defendant to a jury during a trial, another measure would strengthen DUI laws by revising the statue defining a first-time DUI offender. The third proposal would tighten up license suspensions by the courts. These measures will be introduced to the General Assembly this coming spring. The Committee is comprised of lawmakers, federal and state safety experts, and law enforcement officials.
(SPRINGFIELD) The Illinois Department of Revenue and the Internal Revenue Service are both now accepting 2017 state and federal individual income tax returns. Both the IDOR and IRS are reminding taxpayers that filing tax returns electronically and requesting direct deposit into a checking or savings account is still the fastest and most secure way to receive a tax refund. For tax forms, schedules, and instructions for 2017 taxes, go online to the state website, at www.tax.illinois.gov or logon to the IRS website at www.irs.gov.