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Kelly for IL Sec of State: My GOP opponent voted for driver's licenses for non-citizens
William J. Kelly for IL Sec of State: My GOP Opponent Voted for Driver's Licenses for Non-Citizens
Chicago, IL (December 8, 2021) - William J. Kelly, Republican candidate for Illinois Secretary of State, says that his GOP opponent, Rep. Dan Brady voted for a bill to make driver's licenses for non-citizens legal in Illinois and he wants Illinois' Republican Party chairmen to know that before they make any endorsements in the race.
In 2013, Kelly says that the Democrat Party teamed up with the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights to create a law that would legalize driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants and non-citizens in Illinois. The bill, SB 957, passed and was signed into law by Gov. Pat Quinn with the help of a few Republicans - including Rep. Dan Brady, who is now running for Illinois Secretary of State in the GOP primary against Kelly.
"Only 11 Illinois Republicans voted with the Democrats - and Rep. Dan Brady was one of them," Kelly says. "That is why we have non-citizens voting in Illinois elections and why we need a real Republican and a real reformer in the Illinois Secretary of State's office to restore trust and accountability in the political process."
Kelly has been outspoken on this and incurred the wrath of Democrat groups who attacked him for launching a petition drive against the SB 957 legislation.
His Safer Families Coalition even ran ads against the bill. Kelly also incurred the wrath of some Republicans, like former Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran, who is known for his pro-amnesty advocacy on illegal immigration.
Kelly says that SB 957 opened the floodgates for election integrity problems - including the 2020 election where Illinois Sec. of State Jesse White openly admitted that hundreds of non-citizens were "accidentally" registered to vote.
"But that is the tip of the iceberg," Kelly says. "Illinoisans deserve to know how many non-citizens are registered to vote in their elections and, if elected, I will tell them."