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More than 85,000 immigrants living in the U.S. illegally now have Illinois driver's licenses under a new state program. The tally comes after the first full year that the program has been in place in Illinois.

Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin is pushing for some immigrants in the country illegally to be allowed in the military. And he’s bringing that push to Chicago’s West Side Monday.

Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin is pushing for some immigrants in the country illegally to be allowed in the military.  And he’s bringing that push to Chicago’s West Side Monday.  From our bureau there, IPR’s Chip Mitchell reports.

Immigrants living in Illinois who entered the U.S. illegally may begin applying for a state driver's license in December. Secretary of State Jesse White says a pilot program will begin at four state driver services facilities. The full rollout at 21 other locations is scheduled for January.  White says it will improve safety, because in order for it to be recognized as valid, someone with temporary visitors' drivers' license must have insurance.