Laws to revive licenses to some bus drivers is signed

Photo of Samantha McDaniel-OgletreeSamantha McDaniel-Ogletree,

May 11, 2022

Legislation will return driving privileges to some if the suspension is for non-payment of child support.

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A proposal by state Rep. CD Davidsmeyer, R-Jacksonville, and state Sen. Steve McClure, R-Springfield, designed to help ease a shortage of school bus drivers by reinstating some licenses suspended for falling behind in child support payments has been signed by gov. JB Pritzker.

The legislation will apply only to drivers whose licenses have been suspended for non-payment of child support. It will not cover licenses suspended because of traffic violations.

“This bill is just one step in the right direction to ensure that people who lose their licenses for non-driving-related infractions can continue to work, and especially work for our school districts to help safely get our kids to and from school,” Davidsmeyer said.

McClure said this will help ease the burden on school districts having a hard time finding qualified drivers.

“It doesn’t make sense to punish schools for the prior debts of their employees, especially since this would only apply to drivers who have worked out their child support payments,” he said. “The legislation will help schools find safe bus drivers and help those drivers pay their bills.”

Samantha McDaniel-Ogletree has been a reporter for the Journal-Courier since May 2014. She joined the staff after graduating from Eastern Illinois University. The Cahokia native worked with her school newspaper in various editor roles.

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